In the Paper Today


Weston isn’t big on having his picture taken, and so I don’t take (or post) very many photos of him. But today he is in the news:

Roane County High School’s Weston McMinn of Walton has been named one of approximately 16,000 semi-finalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than 36 million, that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholar Award, semi-finalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semi-finalists are expected to attain finalist standing and approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2011 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 275,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

P.S. He also plays football and cleans out chicken houses.


  1. Melissa Marsh says:

    Oh wow! You must be VERY proud. Congratulations, Weston!!! :snoopy:

  2. NorthCountryGirl says:

    WAY TO GO, WESTON!!! Congratulations! What an honor and what a great young man who earned it. Best of luck to you!

  3. Merlin says:

    Awesome!!!! :happyfeet: :shimmy:

  4. Rebecca says:

    Congratulations! This is really special. Shows a lot of hard work on your son’s part.

  5. Kathy says:

    This is huge! Congratulations Weston :shimmy: and his proud Mama :snoopy:

  6. Rebecca Burch says:


    Mike said he’s a cool kid. 😀

  7. Carmen C. says:

    That’s awesome! CONGRATS to Weston!!!!!!

  8. Pam from Ohio says:

    Congratulations Weston! And congratulations to mama too for all her hard work at home and educating her children as well. I see a bright future for your fine young son.

  9. CindyP says:

    :woof: Great job, Weston! Very, very proud of you! :yes:

  10. Jackie C. says:

    :snoopy: Dear Weston, You are probably going to be embarrassed to death with all these women telling you how super you are. But that is the price of being famous. Congrats and we are so proud of you. :chicken:

  11. SoBelle says:

    :woof: Congratulations, Weston, and to you, Suzanne! You have to, at least, take a little credit for raising a fine young man. Way to go, Weston, for your hard work and accomplishments! Women love cute guys with brains, so don’t you forget that! :shimmy:

  12. MARY T says:

    :snoopy: Congratulations to Weston and also to Mom! What a wonderful honor!!! How proud you must be :hug:

  13. Jane says:

    Congratulations Weston! Good looking AND smart.. a winning combo;)

  14. Karen in Ohio says:

    National Merit Scholars used to get–I don’t know if they still do–full scholarships to state colleges. This is big, Suzanne. Congratulations, and good luck to Weston.

  15. jean says:

    I completely understand his need to remain anonymous. But this is such great news!!! Congratulations Weston.

  16. cgReno says:

    Suzanne, you have seriously great children….Congratulations!

  17. Beth says:

    Congratulations! Weston, it’s a great honor to be a seminfinalist. Plus, at least when I was doing the college thing (lord typing that makes me feel old!), most colleges/universities were offering financial rewards if you made it as a finalist, so I wish you tons of luck (and stamina) to get through the rest of the process. And no matter what, again, congratulations on making it this far!

  18. bonita says:

    oh yes, Congratulations to Weston and his mom. Not out of school yet and already a primo item for the resume. Great Work!

  19. Zusiqu says:

    Oh that is wonderful!

  20. Debbie Little says:

    Congratulations, Weston!! on all your accomplishments. BTW, pretty girl too! Suzanne, you must be a very proud mama!! 😆

  21. Karen B says:

    :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy: BIG congratulations, Weston!

  22. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Weston, you are definitely the man of the hour! And week, and month! We’ve never met, but I’m still very proud of you. You have an impressive record as a young man, and I’m positive your future will bring great joy and satisfaction to you and your family.

  23. Whaledancer says:

    Wow, that’s quite an accomplishment. Looks like a lot of hard work is paying off. And if Weston should actually make it to Merit Scholar, that can open a lot of doors, besides the scholarship itself. Way to go, Weston!

  24. Tina says:

    Outstanding! Suzanne, tell Weston congratulations and “Job well done!” for me, will you? And hurray to you Mama for all the hard work, dedication, sacrifice and nurturing that went into mothering such a fine son!

  25. The Retired One says:

    How wonderful!! Give him a huge blogger hug from me and all the other people commenting on how great that is!!! And then give his mama a big hug too for the great job she is doing raising him!!

  26. lavenderblue says:

    Congratulations, Weston, way to go! Suzanne, you have wonderful, wonderful children. Great job all the way around.

  27. Susan M. says:

    Great job,Weston !

  28. Angela P says:

    :snoopy: Whoowhooo! Way to go Weston! My son won the Mi merit scholarship than MI voted to stop it, many kids lost their only means of furthering their education…. my son is still going to college but not on a scholarship….My point being, enjoy this gift becasue education is still a gift! So proud Weston!

  29. Vicki in So. CA says:

    Yaaaay Weston! Way to go! Suzanne, how PROUD you must be!

  30. Grammie Earth says:

    Sweet!! Good job Weston and Mom! Suzanne, I’m beginning to think your middle name is ‘diligence’ and have passed it on to your beautiful, intelligent and caring children!

    Woot! Woot!

  31. rileysmom says:

    Congratulations Weston! What an honor!
    And Suzanne, too! You must be soooo proud!
    :snoopy: :snoopy:

  32. Janet says:

    Our Children are our greatest achievement. Congratulations to your son and to you.

  33. Hallie says:

    Wow, what a huge accomplishment! Congratulations.

  34. Sandra in SC says:

    Yay, Weston!!! Super job!!!

  35. MMHONEY says:

    I can’t believe all of the changes in your life….Go with the flow. I have this message for WESTON.
    What a blessed life we are living.

  36. Mary from Baton Rouge says:

    Suzanne, you must be so proud!!! Congratulations to you and Weston.

  37. Peggy says:

    what an Honor for Weston, you, his family and the school. More important is the fact that Weston knows the meaning of work, cooperation, the value of money and can follow directions. His Honor with taking a test does not reflect the real man he is becoming.

  38. Lynne says:

    Now that is really something! Way to go!

  39. ~jackie says:

    WOOHOO! Way to go Weston! I know you are proud Suzanne. 🙂

  40. Jan says:

    That is fantastic Weston. The good work ethic that your mother has taught you will take you a long way.

  41. Rose C. says:

    Wonderful new, you have to be so proud of your kids!

  42. Rechelle says:

    Awesome Job Weston! And let your mom take a dang picture of you!

  43. Lisa says:


  44. cynthia says:

    Yay Weston! Yay Suzanne! Money, money, everywhere: and scholarships to spare!

  45. Ulrike says:

    Congratulations!!! That can mean a HUGE scholarship at college.

  46. rain swazey says:

    :woof: Excellent job!! you should be proud-a hard worker and good kid/guy!! :sun:

  47. Mother of a ROCKSTAR says:

    Weston….your are truely somethin’ to be proud of!!! Suzanne your efforts have shone like the brightest stars. Weston go on and grab one of those stars you deserve it and there’s nothing stopping you.

  48. Mary Dunton says:

    Way to go Weston!!! I know you are so proud of him Suzanne! That is quite an achievement!!

  49. Cher says:

    That is too cool for school. If you need any thread to sew those buttons back onto your shirt, I’ll share mine. :shimmy:

  50. lisamise says:

    You are such an inspiration to many including me. I read your book and I loved it. I am proud of you and proud to call you friend. You have a right to be proud of your kids. Great kids and a great momma!!!!!!!! I look forward to meeting you one day. Hope you will be having a party this summer. I sooo want to come. Lisa.

    PS. If you are having an annual party this summer I would like to know the details of when. Thanks.

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