A two-time YoungArts™ winner. A two-time national Scholastic Writing winner. A national Scholastic Arts winner. And now Bimba Carpenter ‘21 can add U.S. Presidential Scholar to her list of impressive achievements. For the Wenham, MA native, her intense curiosity, creative passion, and core values have contributed to her success as a student, artist, and athlete.
On May 13, the U.S. Presidential Scholars program recognized 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments. Scholars are selected annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 6,000 candidates qualified for the 2021 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through other honors such as the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide YoungArts™ program.
The 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 Scholars in the arts and 20 Scholars in career and technical education.
In her four years at Govs, Bimba won a total of 33 Scholastic Art & Writing awards: 14 regional art awards, 1 National Silver Medal for her art in 2020, 19 regional writing awards, and 2 National Silver Medals for writing in 2019. Her interests extend well beyond visual arts and writing. She captained the robotics and golf teams this year, played JV ice hockey, and was a member of the jazz band, jazz ensemble, and Monday morning band. As a sophomore, she raised over $10,000 to donate to her local food pantry by selling apparel with her designs on it. And on Saturday, May 29, Bimba received the Morse Flag, awarded annually to a Governor’s senior whose record in all respects meets the highest approval of the faculty.
Last year Bimba won a YoungArts™ Gold Medal. The National YoungArts Foundation identifies the nation’s most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Each year, the Foundation receives thousands of applications from students in grades 10–12 for its national competition. Competition winners receive cash awards up to $10,000, take master classes with notable artists, and become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Bimba donated her $10,000 prize to the same local food pantry that she donated her apparel proceeds. This year Bimba applied to YoungArts™ with a new portfolio and won again making her eligible for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program.