Westlake High Senior is College Commencement Speaker

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AswinBikkaniSix months before receiving his high school diploma, a Westlake High School senior will receive two associates’ degrees and serve as commencement speaker for his college graduating class.

Aswin Bikkani, 17, was selected by the Cuyahoga Community College Joint Student Council – the college-wide student government body – to serve as the Dec. 17 commencement speaker. Aswin will graduate from Tri-C with Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for Fall 2014 with a 4.0 GPA.  He was selected from a pool of candidates to serve as commencement speaker.

Aswin intends to major in biology and plans to pursue a career as a physician in practice and research.

At Westlake High School, Aswin is a National Merit Semifinalist and an Eagle Scout. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction and was named an AP National Scholar during his junior year. He is involved with the Academic Challenge Team, and the Speech and Debate team.

He won the 2014 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship through Phi Theta Kappa and was selected as Simons Fellow for 2014 summer research at Stony Brook University. He also is a Phi Theta Kappa president at Tri-C’s Westshore campus.

Aswin intends to speak about the value of being open to new opportunities at Tri-C’s commencement ceremony on Dec. 17.

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