Amelia Lohrenz, a senior at Bamberg American High School, has been named a Presidential Scholar for 2003. Lohrenz was one of 137 winners selected from 2,600 candidates.

The scholars were chosen for academic achievement, including college test scores, essays and transcripts; as well as leadership; community service and commitment to high ideals, a news release said.

Lohrenz named Cynthia Krauchi as her most influential teacher. Krauchi teaches honors English and Advanced Placement English at Bamberg.

The scholars will visit Washington June 21-26, when each will receive a Presidential Scholar medallion during a ceremony.

Two other students from Department of Defense Dependents Schools were semifinalists for the award — Lauren A. Girard of Kubasaki High School in the DODDS-Pacific Okinawa District and Brendan J. Corcoran of SHAPE American High School in the DODDS-Europe Isles District.

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