Bullitt East High School senior Sean Woods is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
The 18 year-old son of Rick and Krista Woods of Mt. Washington is now one step away from earning a National Merit Scholarship.
“I was very pleased to hear the news, as becoming a finalist solidifies my scholarship position,” he said.
Principal Chris Mason posted a picture on the Bullitt East website with Sean and his official notification.
“Charger Nation couldn’t be more proud of Sean and want to congratulate him and his family,” Mason said.
Sean added Mr. Mason called him out of class to meet him in his office, showing him the envelope and offering congratulations after reading the confirmation letter aloud to the school.
“Mr. Mason was just as excited as I was, if not more excited,” Sean smiled. “I was honored to receive such an amazing award and get recognition for our school and community at a national level.”
Sean is now one of only 15,000 students in the country to be named a finalist and is guaranteed an academic scholarship at either the University of Louisville or the University of Kentucky.
Sean carries a 4.53 grade point average (the best among over 1,400 students) and scored 35 out of a possible 36 on the ACT. The lowest course grade he has received during his high school career filled with 13 advanced courses and three dual credit courses for college credit is a 93%.
He has maintained astonishing academics while involved in a myriad of clubs and activities including Beta Club and Project Unity (Elizabeth, his sister and a BE sophomore is also a member), Academic Team Captain, Vice President of both the Beta Club and National Honor Society, Student Leadership and Action Mentorship (SLAM) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Sean is a former member of Track and Field, Cross Country and Basketball teams, FBLA and used to work a part-time job at Keystone Cinemas in Mt. Washington.
How does he balance such a schedule?
“I have wondered the same thing,” he grinned. ”It’s about time management and prioritizing what is important. I use any extra free time to work on school assignments but I just like staying busy. It gives me a sense of accomplishment.”
“I have had a great experience in Bullitt County Schools from Old Mill Elementary to Mt. Washington Middle and now at Bullitt East,” he continued. “Elementary and middle school gave me the necessary building blocks for success.”
His favorite school subjects are biological sciences, anatomy and chemistry, and he will miss the Bullitt East teachers in those fields.
Sean aspires to attend a Kentucky college and become a doctor specializing in neurology.
“The brain fascinates me,” he said. “Having seen the impact dementia and Alzheimer’s disease has had on some of my family, my desire is to research and create treatment that will help patients.”
What kind of a teenager willingly gives five weeks during summer break to keep learning?
Students who are named Governor’s Scholars. Sean thoroughly enjoyed his experience at Murray State University.
“It makes your summer,” he said. “It was really fun and I got to interact with students my age across Kentucky. My focus was biological/environmental sciences and it gave me incredible new perspective and insights into those fields.”
National Merit Scholars will be notified in April. Sean expressed appreciation to everyone who has helped him along the way.
“So many wonderful teachers and none of my progress would have been possible without them,” he said. “Every step of the way, my family, friends, teachers, and classmates have been there to love and support me, and that feeling is invaluable.”
Sean offered encouragement for future students.
“Our schools are full of wonderful opportunities to do so many different things. Make the most of every opportunity you’re given,” he emphasized. “Utilize your blessings to make a difference in the world. You don’t have to be the next President or a Rocket Scientist to make an impact. Just work hard, give it your all, find your passions, and run with them. We’re all blessed in different ways, but it’s up to us to be good stewards of those blessings and use them to the best of our abilities. Don’t ever give up on your dreams or feel like you aren’t good enough to do something. Don’t worry about what other people think about you. Just work hard and give it your best effort, and the results will pay off in the end.”