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Westlake Graduate Honored in DC as Presidential Scholar

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."
A longer interview with Keyur Mehta. Including the influence of his brother, his career plans and how he says he balances it all.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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