MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Students from West Virginia are being recognized among the elite of high school seniors.

Daphne Barretto of University High School in Morgantown and Xavier Mark Evans of South Harrison High School in Lost Creek are being recognized as part of the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars.

161 students were recognized for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

Only 5,200 of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year qualified for the 2019 awards. Of those 5,200, only 161 were recognized.

As directed by Presidential Executive Order, the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 Scholars in the Arts and 20 Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

The 2019 ceremony will be held June 23, when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

A complete list of 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars follows and is also available at