WESTLAKE, OH — Ryan Karpuszka and Patrick Lee are two of Ohio’s 110 students being recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates. The designation is one of the most prestigious in the nation, and only 161 students nationally will be named Presidential Scholars.
Getting two students to the candidate stage is big for Westlake High School. In 2016 and 2017, the school only had one candidate for Presidential Scholar status.
So elite is the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program that students can only participate if they are invited to do so. To qualify, students must score exceptionally well on either the SAT or ACT, submit candidacy materials (including essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts).
Each year, there are about 800 candidates that are named semifinalists. They are selected based on analysis of their submitted materials and academic performance and leadership qualities.
In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars will pick up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars from the pool of semifinalists. One young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and from U.S. citizens living abroad will be picked. There will also be 15 students picked for at-large status.
Students that make the cut and are named U.S. Presidential Scholars will get an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June. They’ll then take part in a medallion ceremony sponsored by the White House.
A spokesperson for Westlake Schools said 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 a National Merit Semifinalist.Ryan intends to study computer science in college. At WHS he is involved in Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Science Olympiad, Academic Challenge and Model UN. He also is a National Merit Semifinalist.
Ryan intends to study computer science in college. At WHS he is involved in Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Science Olympiad, Academic Challenge and Model UN. He also is a National Merit Semifinalist.
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