8 WHS seniors named in National Merit program
Westlake High School has eight students named in the 2016 National Merit Program.
Senior Rachel Kim is a Semifinalist and will move on to compete for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million. She is among 1.5 million students from 22,000 high schools across the country who took the PSAT in their junior year. 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.
WHS also has seven National Merit Commended students. They are among the 34,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) who are recognized for their outstanding academic promise.
Commended students are seniors Mingda Chen, Leah Franklin, Taeho Kim, Austin Kinney, Yan Kwok, Jackson Routhier and Ryan Zubricky.