U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that Julia Pian, a resident of Carmel Valley and a member of the class of 2011 at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, is a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Pian is one of 141 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. For the past 47 years, this prestigious program has honored more than 6,000 of the nation’s top-performing students.
Pian and the other U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., June 18-21.
“The U.S. Presidential Scholars exemplify what dedication to achievement and setting high standards can symbolize for all youth,” Duncan said. “The Department of Education congratulates these students on their artistic and academic accomplishments.”
At Bishop’s graduation on May 27, Pian received the Harvard Cup given to the senior with the highest grade point average. She also received the Loyalty Cup that recognizes a continuity of loyalty, excellence and integrity throughout the student’s years in the school. Included among Pian’s many accomplishments are producing Bi Sci, the school’s science magazine that features student written articles, and being a leader of the science club and the Jane Austen Society. Pian is a third degree black belt and world champion competitor in Taekwondo in her age range.
At graduation Head of School Aimeclaire Roche said this about Pian, “More impressive, perhaps, than her bountiful talents and accomplishments is her humility and ability to stay grounded, her compassionate concern for others, and the effortless grace she brings to all she does. She is a wonderful role model for younger students, and defines and personifies the ideals of The Bishop’s School.”
Pian, the daughter of Dr. Donald and Kar Beck Pian, will attend Harvard University in the fall.
The 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars include one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large and 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars appointed by the President selected the scholars based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. For information about The Bishop’s School, visit