A senior at Wheelersburg High School has been named a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship.
Wheelersburg High School student Rohit Kataria has survived through a pool of 1.6 million, to advance into the final stages of selection. In the final process, there are 15,000 finalists for Kataria to battle against.
To become a finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application including the information of academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
Kataria has participated in numerous activities as a student at Wheelersburg High School, including the National Honor Society as the chapter president, Student Council president, Quiz Bowl, Science Bowl, Science Fair, Key Club, Peer Tutoring, Tennis and cross-country.
He is also an active member of the youth group at his church, where he is head of the technology team.
“Rohit is a very goal-oriented student who challenges himself to excel in everything he does,” the school stated in a release.
Kataria is considering majoring in the Neuroscience or Behavioral Science field. He has applied to, as the school described, “many prestigious” colleges and universities throughout the country.
“Rohit has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and has taken on many leadership roles during his high school career,” according to the release.
The son of Rajesh and Reshma Kataria of Wheelersburg is yet to decide on the University he will attend. However, he does hope to be selected for the scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
In total, there are 15,000 finalists, originally from a pool of 1.6 million applicants nationwide. NMSC is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance and was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
Wheelersburg High-School, in a statement, declared, “The entire staff here at WHS is very proud of Rohit for all of his accomplishments.”
Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931
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