Mani S. MahjoriSchool: Atholton High SchoolHometown...

Student Standout

November 12, 1995

Mani S. Mahjori

School: Atholton High School

Hometown: Columbia

Age: 17

Mani, a senior at Atholton, has a 3.85 grade point average.

Mani has taken courses through the President's Scholarship at Howard Community College's Summer Honors Program and after-school courses such as the Gifted and Talented program's course on differential equations.

Mani is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor and a Maryland Distinguished Scholar semifinalist; is a member of the "It's Academic" A Team and is listed in Who's Who in Academics; and has a National Merit Scholarship Program Letter of Commendation and an Academic Letter.

He has worked at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on data analysis of plasma shocks in interplanetary medium.

His research projects include "Chaotic Orbits of Charged Particles in Jupiter's Magnetosphere" and "A Monte Carlo Simulation of Saturn's Hydrogen Torus," both using data from the satellite Voyager. His presentation includes research, organization and setting up a display.

Mani has won several young scientist competitions, among them the Grand Prize at the prestigious International Science and Engineering Fair, held in Hamilton, Ontario. He and 1,000 students from around the world competed.

Other competitions include the European Union Young Scientist's Contest, where he won an honorary first place; the Destiny in Space-Lockheed/ Imax contest, first place; the Baltimore Science Fair, grand prize; the Howard County Science Fair Award of Excellence; and the W. R. Grace Expo first place in the Physical Science Division.

Mani was a delegate in the University of Maryland Science Symposium and was an honored guest of the NASA-MIR Docking Commemoration Gala.

As a student at Atholton, Mani has participated in the Maryland High School Programming Contest, where he took third place. He is on the Math Team and the American Computer Science League.

Mani serves on the Howard County Magnet Program, Data Communications Committee and is a student member of the W. R. Grace Advisory Committee. W. R. Grace has a business partnership with Atholton High School.

Other programs or extra curricular activities include participation in the Howard University Model Congress as a delegation co-chair and representative; school-nominated student member to the State Board of Education; Political Science intern to state Sen. Martin Madden; county representative to the Maryland Association of Student Councils Convention; speaker at the Forum for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities; participant in the Howard County Association of Student Councils and representative with the Student Government Association at Atholton.

Mani wrestled for three years and ran cross-country for two years. He also played junior varsity football and lacrosse in 1992-1993.

His community endeavors include W. R. Grace Science Club, evaluator with Youth Leadership Howard County; Freshman Orientation Guide at Atholton; Student Learning Conference host; Peer Helper and participant in the Students Helping Other People organization. Mani volunteered at Wintergrowth Adult Day Care Center and Florence Bain Senior Center in 1991.

Mani's parents are Fariborz and Ghashang. He has a sister, Saara, 13, who also attends Atholton.

Plans: Mani would like to get into a science-related field and is leaning toward physics. He has applied to Harvard University, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland.

His comments: Mani enjoys science and research. "It's like one of the few times I can remove everything from my mind and concentrate on what I am doing. You really learn from what you are doing, and it's more than a regurgitation of facts," he says.

Send nominations to Jill L. Kubatko, Student Standout, The Sun for Howard County, 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 300, Columbia 21044. Please enclose a brief description of the student's activities and a phone number for the student.

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