3 Metro Detroit students receive prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholar honor

Three Metro Detroit students were named U.S. Presidential Scholars.

"The 2021 Presidential Scholars represent extraordinary achievements for our extraordinary times," said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.

Saaim Khan, from Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School, Andrea Maizy, from Center Line High School, and Shriya Reddy, from Northville High School, all received the prestigious honor.

In February, 6,000 students were nominated out of the 3.6 million graduating seniors in the United States. They wrote essays and perfect their essays to become one of the 161 students selected.

Khan used his platform to talk about his passion – raising awareness about hearing loss.

"It was something I was diagnosed with when I was a kid that sort of became one of my lifelong missions, to further the treatability of hearing loss while also advocate for its equity and disability awareness," he said.

Maizy said she lost her grandmother the day she submitted her application and has struggled with the grief of that death.

Her parents left Iraq for the U.S. to have a better life, she said.

"It’s been hard for them to always do what they wanted to do for me too. I got to take all the opportunities I can take that they couldn’t. It’s nice to see that I can do something that they couldn’t do. It’s nice to make them proud," Maizy said.

Reddy, who has a passion for science, medicine, and volunteering, said she almost didn't apply because she felt the chances of winning were so slim.

"If you have an opportunity and someone thought you would be a good fit for it, just take that opportunity because for sure you can’t expect something great to come out of it, but there is that possibility there really will be," she said.

The students will be recognized this summer.