Yeshivah of Flatbush Student Nominated by Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein Advances in Prestigious 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

On Thursday, Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein personally congratulated Richard (Ricky) Sasson, a senior at Yeshivah of Flatbush High School, who has been nominated to the 2020 United States Presidential Scholars Program, following Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein’s recommendation to the New York State Education Department. Every year, a select group of high school students across the United States receives the prestigious honor of being nominated to the U.S. Presidential Scholar program, which is designed to honor our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

“I am delighted that Ricky Sasson has reached an advanced level in the nomination process following my recommendation for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program,” said Assemblyman Eichenstein. “He is a well-rounded scholar in academics as well as performance arts and sports, making him the ideal candidate for this program. I congratulate Ricky and his family on this incredible honor and wish him well in the coming process.”

“I am truly grateful to Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein for nominating one of our outstanding students,” said Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Rothman, Executive Director of Yeshivah of Flatbush. “We are proud of Ricky Sasson’s accomplishments and well-deserved honors so far and wish him the best of luck as he moves on to the next round of competition.”

What is the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program? (description from

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.