Pickerington Times-Sun

Central senior Douglas is a National Merit finalist


A Pickerington High School Central senior who's working to help children with cancer while eyeing a career in business, finance or chemical engineering recently was named a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced Tynan Douglas is among 15,000 high school students across America selected as finalists for a National Merit Scholarship.

The 17-year-old senior at Central remains in the running for a $2,500 scholarship, which is awarded to approximately 8,300 U.S. students based on their academic abilities, skills and accomplishments.

Douglas, the son of Maurice and Laura Douglas, currently is considering studying business, finance or chemical engineering in college.

Where he'll go after high school graduation is still undetermined.

Last week, he said he's currently awaiting word from Harvard University, the University of Michigan, MIT, the University of Chicago, Princeton University, Ohio State University and Stanford University.

In the meantime, Douglas said his selection as a National Merit Scholarship finalist was exciting news.

"My initial reaction was relief," he said. "I've been hoping for finalist standing for a while.

"I know a lot of finalists go on to receive scholarships, so I was crossing my fingers.

"It's kind of symbolic for me. To me, it represents all the hard work I've put in to get here, and it reminds me not to get complacent."

A member of the varsity track team, theatre, the Science Olympiad, National Honor Society, Key Club and Honor Council, Douglas also recently became involved with Shades of Strength, a budding local, nonprofit organization which seeks to assist area children stricken with cancer.

He said he joined the effort, in part, because a friend started the organization in honor of her friend who was affected by leukemia, and because both his grandmother and great grandmother battled cancer.

"I thought it sounded like a great idea and really something I wanted to be a part of because I've had family members affect-ed by cancer," Douglas said.

"What we're trying to do is get the community organized to help children with cancer," he said.

"We want to provide them with resources, what they need during or after dealing with cancer.

"We want to let them know they're not alone in their battles, and at the same time raise money to help send them off to do something they want to do."

Douglas said he hopes to spend much of the remainder of his senior year organizing community events and other fundraisers for Shades of Strength, while also preparing for college.

He said he's also glad he applied for the National Merit Scholarship.

"It's just been a really exciting journey from taking the PSAT as a junior until now," he said.

Douglas was the Pickerington Local School District's lone National Merit Scholarship finalist this year.

However, Pickerington High School North seniors Kristen Eisenhauer and Kyle Planck each were among the 16,000 high school seniors across the country selected as semifinalists for the 58th National Merit Scholarship Program.