Seven WHS Seniors Named in 2017 National Merit Program

Seven Westlake High School seniors were named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists.

Seniors Julia Aylward, Steven Brewer, Samantha Giusto, Ryan Karpuszka, Patrick Lee, Jack Wu and Kyle Yu are among the 16,000 students from 22,000 high schools across the country who took the PSAT in their junior year and earned scores high enough to qualify as Semifinalists. These students will move on to compete for approximately 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million.

WHS has the highest number of Semifinalists in the Southwestern Conference and the second highest number among neighboring school districts, both public and private.

Less than 1 percent of high school seniors make it to the semifinal round. About 15,000 students are expected to move on to become National Merit Finalists, which should be announced in February.

“Congratulations to Westlake’s seven National Merit Semifinalists,” said Superintendent Scott Goggin. “They demonstrate the dedication to academic excellence and enthusiasm for learning that we foster in our students. I wish them the best of luck in the next phase of the National Merit Program.”

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