Westfield High School senior Anna Qiang has been named a 2020-2021 National African American Scholar and WHS senior Jordan Ortiz has been named a 2020-2021 National Hispanic Scholar, as part of the College Board National Recognition Programs.
According to the College Board, the program honors academically outstanding students from underrepresented communities each year who achieve a qualifying score on the PSAT/NMSQT for their region and maintain a cumulative junior year grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher.
“I am grateful that the instruction I have received at Westfield High School provided me with a solid educational foundation,” says Qiang, who serves on the board of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield and as the high school liaison of Westfield’s Human Relations Advisory Council, among other activities. “I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in my community.”
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be named a National Hispanic Scholar for the 2020-2021 school year,” adds Ortiz. “I’d like to thank my teachers, parents, and friends for their love and support over these past 4 years.” Ortiz, a varsity athlete, has interned for a Westfield town councilman and is a member of the Community Service Club and the Westfield DoSomething Club, organizations at the high school designed to make real-world impacts.
“We are proud of Anna and Jordan for this incredible achievement,” says WHS principal Mary Asfendis. “This recognition speaks volumes about their abilities and commitment to their education.”