WHS senior named U.S. Presidential Scholars semifinalist

Westlake High School senior Patrick Lee was named a U.S. Presidential Scholars semifinalist.

Patrick is among 630 students in the nation and 20 from Ohio to advance to the final round for this prestigious award.

From nearly 3.5 million graduating high school seniors, more than 5,300 students were identified as candidates in the program, and 630 named semifinalists. Each year, up to 161 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.

About 800 candidates are named semifinalists and will be forwarded to a commission for further review. In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars selects up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars. 

Students chosen as 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. The federal program has honored more than 7,000 U. S. Presidential Scholars.

Patrick intends to study engineering in college. At WHS he is involved in cross country, swimming, marching band, jazz band, Science Olympiad, Academic Challenge and Leadership Challenge. He also is an Eagle Scout and is a National Merit Semifinalist.

In 2015, three WHS students were named candidates – Aswin Bikkani, Nicholas Craven and Kartik Dhinakaran – with Aswin going on to be named a semifinalist. In 2016, Alex Ikezawa was named a candidate. And in 2017 Justin Krantz was named a candidate. This year, Ryan Karpuszka and Patrick were named candidates, with Patrick moving on to semifinalist status.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:00 AM, 05.01.2018