Marshalltown High School senior Marek Jablonski has been named a scholarship competition semifinalist and a Commendable Student from a Rural School by the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Both honors reflect Jablonski’s commitment to academic success. He is one of only 16,000 students nationwide to be named as a scholarship program semifinalist.
“The next phase is becoming a finalist, and that involves writing an essay about what your plans are for and after college, activities and volunteering,” Jablonski said, adding he has already submitted his essay for consideration.
In his essay, Jablonski wrote about a major project he began several years ago – a synchronized holiday light show – and how his academic interests in computer engineering have grown since starting that project. He has since become involved in the MHS BotCats robotics team, the MHS Math Team, Lego League and the National Honor Society.
The NMSC will announce the scholarship program finalists in February. In the meantime, Jablonski will continue to work toward his post-graduation career goals.
“I’m planning on going to either Iowa State or Purdue for computer engineering,” he said. “Computer engineering is a good medium between programming and electrical engineering. You get to deal with software on the hardware level.”
Congratulations Marek Jablonski for earning both of these major recognitions!