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Westlake High School Student Will Sweeny Named National Merit Finalist

Westlake High School Principal Keith Schenker, National Merit Scholarship finalist Will Sweeny and Guidance Counselor Nick DiPaolo.
Westlake High School Principal Keith Schenker, National Merit Scholarship finalist Will Sweeny and Guidance Counselor Nick DiPaolo. Photo Credit: Contributed

THORNWOOD, N.Y. – Westlake High School senior Will Sweeny has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Sweeny will compete with approximately 15,000 other finalists for 2,500 Merit Scholarship awards as well as corporate and university sponsored scholarships. Winners will be announced this spring.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Sweeny was named a semifinalist in September 2015. He has been on Westlake's Summa Honor Roll every quarter of his high school career and is a member of the Spanish and National Honor Societies. He was named an AP Scholar with Distinction, earning an average of 3.5 on all AP exams taken and a grade of 3 or higher on five or more exams. Last spring, he was the recipient of the 2015 Columbia University Book Award, which is presented to a high school junior who is dedicated to learning and demonstrates this through outstanding academic achievement and an inclination toward research.

Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2016. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 250 corporations and business organizations. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance about 3,900 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

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