Two Moon Area High School seniors are semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program! MAHS students Chancharik Mitra and Thomas Molnar will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered in the spring of 2021.
The purpose of the National Merit Scholarship Program is to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advice to the finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing. More than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title.
Chancharik is the President of MASD’s National Honor Society as well as a member of the Speech and Debate Club and the Math Club. He is also a varsity tennis player. When he is not at school, Chancharik enjoys volunteering as a coding instructor and curriculum developer with the STEM Coding Lab for children in underserved communities. He is also the Founder and CEO of the financial literacy education startup, Deaux. After graduation, Chancharik plans to study both computer science and mathematics in college.
Thomas enjoys STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) competitions. He has participated in TEAMS, which is a one-day STEM competition. He has also participated in a STEAM competition where students build a mechanism to accomplish a task. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano. After graduation, Thomas plans to study computer science in college.
Congratulations and good luck to Chancharik Mitra and Thomas Molnar!