WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education recognized several students for their academic excellence and highlighted Westfield Schools’ continued high level of performance on standardized tests at Tuesday’s board of education meeting.

“As always, the students performed at a very high level, especially relative to their peers in the state and the nation,” Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Programs Paul Pineiro said during his presentation of the 2017 Testing Results.

According to the report, Westfield exceeded state and national averages for performance on the SAT, ACT, PARCC standardized tests and NJ ASK standardized tests. There were 26 perfect SAT scores on parts of the 2017 test results and 46 Westfield High School students achieved perfect scores on parts of the ACT. 

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“Our students are doing really, really well,” Pineiro said.

According to the board, Westfield High School senior Benjamin Kevelson has been named a National Merit Semi-finalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 1.1 percent of students who take the Preliminary SAT test qualify as National Merit semi-finalists. They are the highest scoring entrants and are eligible to apply for National Merit scholarships. The program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The school board also congratulated 19 Westfield High School students who have been named "Commended Students" in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students place in the top five percent of the students in the country who took the Preliminary SAT/Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test:

Yallen Bai, Chloe Brown, Michael Canabarro, Joseph Ensslin, Lindsay Freidenrich, Fiona Gillespie, Rachael He, Yenteen Hu, Marisa Li, Allison Mattessich, Timothy McAuliffe, Kenneth Meyer, Ryan Qin, Lindsey Sharlow, Daniel Shenker, Jacob Tananbaum, Nicholas Weiner, Eric Yang and Junlin Yi.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of education excellence in our nation.”

The board of education also recognized the 15 students who achieved the highest score possible on the ACT or SAT standardized tests from last June. ACT high scorers in English include Linzy Rosen, Kyle Huber and Timothy Storms. Jason Little received the highest score possible in Math and STEM. For total composite score as well as science, STEM and English, Rollins Terry achieved the highest score possible.

SAT perfect scores were achieved by Alison Brown (Chemistry), Zachary Youssef (Physics and Math Level 2), Austin Chen (Math Level 2 and Biology), Aryeh Iosif (Spanish), Juliette Naeveke (French), Casey Cohen (Math Level 2), Benjamin Mizrach (Math Level 2), Lindsey Sharlow (Math Level 2), Daniel Shenker (Math Level 2), Yenteen Hu (Math Level 2) and Jason Little (Math Level 2).