SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Scott Maran, a senior at Jonathan Dayton High School, was recognized at a recent Springfield Board of Education meeting for being named a 2018 Commended National Merit Scholar. 

A resident of Middlesex County, Maran was accepted to the Dayton Collegiate Academy for his freshman year.  He and his parents found it to be a good fit for him “…because of the many advanced placement courses he was able to take.”

Like many students at Jonathan Dayton High School Maran carries a full course load and participates in many school activities.  His course focus is on math and science.  Still, he stays in touch with his freshman AP Art History teacher, Ms. Delikaris, and often joins her field trips to places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Outside of sports, he is a member of the Chess Club and the Quiz Club.  He also tutors other Dayton students in physics and various levels of math.

He is a three-season participant in Dayton sports.  He is a member of the varsity soccer team and usually plays forward.  In the winter, he is on Dayton’s bowling team, which was undefeated last year.  In the spring, he plays on the golf team and is the only returning member of Dayton’s four starting golfers last year.  The others graduated. 

A student who really enjoyed studying physics, Scott’s recreational reading last summer included a book about quantum physics.   Scott said he got “…about half way through before struggling with the concepts put forward.”   

One of the things Scott likes about Dayton is “…its smaller size.  It allows you to get to know almost everyone in your class and develop a lot of close friendships.  Mostly, everybody knows each other and are friendly and kind.”

Chris White, one of his teachers, said, “Scott is an exceptional student.  As a student in AP Statistics last year, he wrote an outstanding paper comparing the effectiveness of two different power play alignments in the National Hockey League.  He has continued his work independently this year in an effort to find statistical trends in hockey, similar to the “Moneyball” statistical revolution in baseball.  I fully expect Scott to be working in an NHL front office in 10 years.  All of this work is being done independently—it’s not for a class, it’s just pure intellectual curiosity.”

His golf coach Dave Campbell said, “Scott is one of the more interesting student-athletes I have come across.  He plays a wide range of sports at Dayton and plays them all well.  When he is hanging out with teammates he is just one of the guys.  Otherwise, I look forward to coaching Scott in golf. this spring.  The first reason is he is our number one returning golfer and two to hear where he decides he to attend school.”

Barbara Delikaris, Scott’s AP Art History teacher said, “When most students tackle a tough subject like AP Art History, you can see them struggle daily as they try to make connections to difficult subject matter.  However, I remember very clearly that Scott Maran had a talent for making learning seem easy and effortless.  With a great smile, day in and day out, he made AP Art History into a great learning environment for his Dayton Collegiate Academy classmates and myself to enjoy.”

Approximately 2.3 percent of 1,500,000 juniors who took the PSAT qualify as Commended National Merit Scholars. The program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.  In New Jersey, the PSAT score cut-off is 1460 out of 1520 and the National Merit score is 220 out of 228.  Only the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Maryland and California have higher threshold cut-offs.

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