Peachtree Charter Middle School student wins NASA essay contest

anjali shaju
Peachtree Charter Middle School eighth grade student Anjali Shaju was a winner in NASA’s “Scientist for a Day” essay contest.

Anjali‘s essay about Pluto’s Moon Charon was one of three winning essays from the United States in the seventh and eighth grade category. The essay contest challenges students in grades 5-12 to think like scientists.

The contest tasks students to examine real spacecraft images of Uranus’ moon Miranda, Neptune’s moon Triton, and Pluto’s moon Charon. Students had to choose the destination they thought would be the best place to return with another spacecraft to learn more about these worlds, and write a 500-word essay.

Later this summer, Anjali will participate in a live video conference with NASA scientists about Pluto and Charon. Anjali is a top science student at Peachtree Charter, and her eCybermission team received an honorable mention in the state of Georgia competition.

To read Anjali’s essay, visit