Kevin J. Mutchnick, the Robinson High School International Baccalaureate program class of 2014 valedictorian, is one of 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the nation.
The Westchase resident is one of only two from the Tampa Bay area, the other being Haoqing Wang of King High School.
The award is based on exceptional scores on the SAT or ACT as well great leadership skills and school/community involvement.
The scholars will be honored at a White House ceremony in June. During the trip, the U.S. Presidential Scholars will meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and others. Each will receive a Presidential Scholars Medallion.
Recently, Mutchnick, 18, the only child of Christine and Mark Mutchnick, talked about his recognition in the scholars program, started in 1964.
Q. How do you feel about being selected?
A. I’m really honored, especially with seeing some of the other recipients - how accomplished they are. It makes me really proud.
Q. What is your grade point average?
A. It’s 8.4. I just really love to learn new things and also took classes at HCC (Hillsborough Community College) and virtual high school. I have an interest in understanding of the world.
Q. What activities are you involved in?
A. I am in the marching band, the concert band and serve on the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Corp. I also play hockey.
Q. When do you go to Washington?
A. I go June 22-25 for the medallion ceremony at the White House. I am looking forward to meeting the other recipients and talking with them.
Q. What are your plans after high school?
A. I am going to Duke to study biomedical engineering.