Less than one percent of high school seniors across the country are named National Merit Scholars. Less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT, score a perfect 36. And just four high school seniors from Texas were recognized as Presidential Scholars on Sunday.
Keyur Mehta – a recent Westlake grad – has earned all of these honors and more. He stopped by KUT before his trip to Washington, D.C.
"The biggest factor [in my success] was my family. From a young age, I was always encouraged to do better and do better. I think my parents really helped instill a sense of interior motivation for me. It was never about getting some kind of prize at the end of it or getting a certain allowance. It was always about doing better for the sake of doing better."