SM East’s Bhavish Dinakar, Lily Wulfemeyer named to U.S. Presidential Scholars candidate list

Despite an agreement designed to keep the students from seeing each other, Kessler Lichtenegger used this SM East entrance that had been designated for use by his victim, causing her to encounter him before school.

Two SM East students have been named to one of the nation’s most prestigious lists recognizing academic achievement.


Seniors Bhavish Dinakar and Lily Wulfemeyer were two of only around 4,000 students nationwide named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from among 3.3 million eligible U.S. high school seniors based on their academic success, leadership skills and community service.

It’s not the first time Dinakar and Wulfemeyer have attracted attention for their academic prowess. Wulfemeyer earned perfect scores of 36 on both the English and Science portions of the ACT. Dinakar, like his brother Akshay the previous year, earned a perfect 36 on the entire test.

A total of 75 Kansas students made the candidates list. SM West student Renny Ma was the only other student in the district to earn the honor.

The candidate list will be narrowed to 800 semifinalists in April with the 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars honorees named in May. Scholars are recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in June.