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Ossining's Winfield is a National Merit Finalist

OSSINING, N.Y. – Kenyon Winfield of Ossining High School was first one of 1.5 million. Then he became one of 50,000, then this past September became one of 16,000.

Now, Kenyon is one of 15,000 students around the country to be named a National Merit Scholarship (NMS) finalist and soon that list will be winnowed to 1,300 scholarship winners.

“He is a bright and amazing young man with a promising future ahead of him,” said Kendall McFarlane, Kenyon’s high school guidance counselor, in a press release.

After entering the contest earlier this year, Kenyon, a senior, has joined the exclusive group not only for work he’s done in the classroom, but his contributions in the community. In the coming months, Kenyon could become one of 8,300 students to receive a National Merit Scholarship, or one of 1,300 Special Scholarship winners that could mean his college tuition is paid in full, according to the NMS contest.

"You have to get in the 99th percentile to be a finalist and my mom was like, 'Oh Kenyon you could definitely get that, go study,'" Kenyon said in October after being named a semifinalist.

His achievements are already earning recognition as Kenyon has been on the high honor roll throughout his high school career and he’s also a member of the Italian National Honor Society. Kenyon has been a member of Ossining High School Cross Country/Track team since 2008, teaches martial arts at (United Martial Arts Center in) Briarcliff and serves as a hockey referee for the Briarcliff Recreation Department. During the summer, Kenyon worked full time as a camp counselor at UMAC Briarcliff.

"I was surprised I was the only one because there are some pretty smart kids in my school," Kenyon said in October. "I guess I feel proud and my mom is proud too."

To be named a finalist, Kenyon needed to have a record of consistently very high academic performance in all of grades 9 through 12, according to NMSC.

Kenyon was also named a finalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, which recognizes outstanding Black American students, according to the organization.

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