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Valley seniors named 2013 Presidential Scholars

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MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

Two Bob Jones High School seniors and a Randolph School senior who are heading to college can boast about one more thing. They are among more than a hundred finalists to become White House Commission Presidential Scholars.

Two winners -- a boy and a girl -- are chosen from each state but Alabama saw three winners this year. 

David Hergenroeder, Martin Wang and Hema V. Pingali are among 141 finalists nationwide to receive the award.

Pingali, who attends the Randolph School in Huntsville, received recognition as Alabama's female Presidential Scholar.

Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler said it is remarkable that both male finalists -- Hergenroeder and Wang -- came from Bob Jones High, let alone from the same school district. 

"It's amazing and we are very proud. We're proud of all our children but David's sort of taken it to a new level and we couldn't be prouder," said Hergenroeder's father, David.

Wang's parents, who moved their family to Madison from Southern California about four years ago, were also very proud of their son. 

"Oh I'm very proud of Martin," his father Grant Wang said. "To us, to be a Presidential Scholar is like winning the lottery."

Wang's mother Junwen Lily said it was one of the best Mother's Day gifts she ever received when she heard the news. 

Pingali will attend the University of Richmond this fall.

Hergenroeder plans to attend Yale in the fall. Wang is headed to Auburn University. Both plan on studying engineering at school. 

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