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Flowery Branch senior moves up in Presidential Scholars competition
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The accolades keep pouring in for Flowery Branch High School senior Jake S. Jacob.

The senior has been notified by the U.S. Department of Education that he is a semifinalist in the 2011 Presidential Scholars competition, principal Mark Coleman said.

Jacob is among 560 semifinalists nationwide. From 3.2 million graduating seniors, 3,000 were identified as candidates in the program. Each year, up to 141 students are named Presidential Scholars.

Jacob, who accomplished the rare feat of attaining a perfect score on the SAT and ACT exams, is the 2011 winner in the Hall County and regional levels of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators’ Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program.

“He’s a Renaissance man and very self-motivated,” said his literature teacher, Joan Grindle, at a February event recognizing Gainesville and Hall County STAR winners.

Jacob, who couldn’t be reached for comment Monday, said at the time that he had received acceptance letters from the University of Georgia and University of Miami but was waiting to hear back from other schools before making a decision.

The Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors.

In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.