North Penn students honored

May 27, 2018 by  

Four students from North Penn High School in Lansdale have won a prestigious honor: they have been designated National Merit Scholars.

Two are finalists—Tristan Misko from Lansdale, and Aaron Dixon from North Wales. Misko is planning to study applied mathematics, while Dixon is interested in biochemistry. They will each received $2,500 to put toward their education.

Two other seniors from North Penn won National Merit Corporate Scholarships. The Boeing Scholarship went to Anoop G. Bhat, who is from North Wales and is majoring in electrical engineering. The PWC Charitable Foundation Scholarship went to Harleysville’s Jonathan Okasinski, who is studying materials science.

A group of over 15,000 students from schools throughout the country were considered, but only 2,500 were selected for the scholarships. Winners are chosen on merit only, without regard to their career plans, chosen major, the college they hope to attend, or their family’s financial circumstances. The students are evaluated based on their scores on standardized tests, their academic records, leadership qualities, and activities within the community. They also have to write an essay, and receive a recommendation.

The scholarships are funded both by the National Merit Scholarship Program, and by more than 400 businesses and institutions of higher learning.

Honors like this deserve to be widely known, so school officials could work with a flyer printing company to create a mail for community members, announcing the awards.