On September 12, 2018 Westwood held a ceremony to recognize the 57 students who were National Merit Semifinalists. The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT during their junior year. There are approximately 1.6 million entrants each year and of those 16,000 are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.