Westlake High School Senior is Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

AswinBikkaniWestlake High School senior Aswin Bikkani was named a semifinalist in the preliminary selection of the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Aswin is among 565 semifinalists nationwide – and one of 17 from Ohio and only five from Northeast Ohio – selected from a pool of more than 4,300 candidates. The Commission of Presidential Scholars will announce their choices for U.S. Presidential Scholars in May.

WHS’ Aswin, Nicholas Craven and Kartik Dhinakaran were among 98 students from Ohio named candidates for this prestigious award. Each year, up to 141 students nationwide are named Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is by invitation only. Students must score exceptionally well on either the SAT or ACT and submit candidacy materials, including essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts. Candidates are evaluated on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and an analysis of their essay.

One young man and one young woman are chosen from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad are named U.S. Presidential Scholars. In addition, up to 15 students are chosen at large.

Students chosen at U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June and the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.Westlake Schools logo