MacTaggart wins national scholarship

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MacTaggart wins national scholarship

MacTaggart hopes to work in research for a university or for NASA someday.

MacTaggart hopes to work in research for a university or for NASA someday.

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MacTaggart hopes to work in research for a university or for NASA someday.

Courtesy of Olympus

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MacTaggart hopes to work in research for a university or for NASA someday.

Each school year, the Trinity High School National Honor Society supplies its members with several scholarship opportunities for college. One of these scholarships, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (the NASSP), is highly competitive and, up until this year, no Trinity student has won in the history of the award.

Current Trinity senior, Jackson MacTaggart was one of this year’s semifinalists in the scholarship and has received $3,200 toward college. He will be attending Penn State in the fall, majoring in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

MacTaggart, the National Honor Society Historian, first applied for this scholarship after it was introduced to him by Mrs. Rush, Chemistry teacher and NHS advisor.

Rush, along with Mr. Samosky, principal, and Mrs. Jutca, former history teacher, provided letters of recommendation for MacTaggart. These, coupled with an applicant-written essay highlighting MacTaggart’s demonstration of the four NHS pillars, scholarship, service, leadership and character, allowed him to receive such an award.

“I got really excited when I found out we had a winner. I wasn’t surprised that Jackson won; he’s definitely one of the awesome members of the class of 2019,” explained Rush.

MacTaggart plans to use these funds toward tuition specifically, commenting that “any amount helps.” He has also won a Penn State scholarship through PJAS and the Richard J. Holland Memorial Scholarship.

MacTaggart is unsure of his exact plans for the future and is hoping to figure that out during college. He does think, however, that working for NASA would be a cool job.

MacTaggart stated, “[I’d like to thank] Mrs. Jutca, Mrs. Rush and Mr. Samosky for the letters of recommendation and their support. I’d also like to thank my family, teachers  and friends for their support in my academic endeavors that helped me win the scholarship.”

Congratulations, Jackson, and good luck with your future endeavors!