Subham Sahoo, Moon Area High School senior, is a semifinalist in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program! Subham will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered in the spring of 2022.
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.
Subham is the President of the National Honor Society Moon Chapter. He is currently working to implement a peer tutoring network through NHS.
Subham is also the co-president of the Tabletop Gaming Club and its subsidiary, the Dungeons and Dragons Club. He has been the team caption of TEAMS (Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) since his freshman year of high school and led the team to a national qualification every year. In addition, he is part of the Math Club and hopes to start his own coding club this year.
Over the summer, Subham participated in CMU’s AI4ALL program and joined the Changemaker Program, becoming an AI4ALL Changemaker Scholar. He also participated in Youth Leadership Consortium's Youth Leadership Summit where he became a became a YLS and HSF Scholar. The The YLS serves the nation’s top 240 low-income rising HS Seniors and is designed to provide critical skills to ensure success in college and beyond.
Subham is a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar, a designation making him as 1 of 3,000 students out of a national pool of 15,000 applications. He has also participated in national Academic Games Leagues of America competitions resulting in a national championship tournament last year. As the captain of Moon's Williams Hometown High Q team, Subham led the team to a first place victory in KDKA's Hometown High Q quiz bowl.
Subham is a member of the Moon Marching Band, Moon Jazz Band I and Moon Symphonic Band. He has also severed as a volunteer at Moon Library and Moon Township events. During the summer, he is a camp counselor at Moon Park. He also works as a tutor at School Simplified.
Looking ahead, Subham would love to organize a roundtable discussion with CMU professors about artificial intelligence, the college application process and how to maximize your high school experience.
Subham plans to dual major in computer science and data science with a minor in mathematics. He wants to build an interdisciplinary focus on either healthcare or criminology.
His dream school is MIT, but he has a few (17!) other schools on his list. After getting his bachelor's, Subham would like to work for 2-4 years and field market interest for artificial intelligence and neural network applied research. At some point in the future, he may even pursue a master’s and Ph.D. in artificial intelligence and neural networks.
Congratulations and good luck to Subham Sahoo!