Future Leaders of the World right here in Albany!

The Presidential Scholar Program started in 1964 to recognize some of the brightest and most gifted high school seniors in the country. This year, one of Albany's own high school students has been chosen as a semifinalist to win the prestigious honor!

Isabel Pottinger, a senior at Albany High School, will be representing the Capital District as she attempts to win the honor. Pottinger, an Albany native, has already committed via early acceptance to Ivy League higher education institution, Cornell University.

Not only is Pottinger an honor student, she is also a  member of Albany High's Speech and Debate Team, Cross Country Team, Astronomy Club, Model UN Club, National Honor Society and Frisbee Club. She also tutors students in the school library and volunteers for the Underground Railroad History Project.

Out of 565 semifinalists nationally, approximately 141 finalists will be chosen to receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June and will be given the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. The finalists will be announced sometime in May.

Congratulations, Isabel, and good luck from the family at Hot 99.1!

Get the rest of the scoop in the official press release on Albany Public School's website here.