History with Chuck: Molly Dillon, 1570 SATs & Dannehower Award winner at CHS, today a psych prof at NYU

Moira “Molly” Dillon, a 2004 graduate of Cheltenham High School, won the prestigious Dannehower Award as the top scholar-athlete in all of Montgomery County’s public and non-public schools.

According to local historian Chuck Langerman, Dillon was the first Cheltenham High student-athlete to win the award since its inception in 1964.

“It made me feel wonderful,” said Dillon of winning the award. “I was kind of overwhelmed by all the accomplishments of the other student-athletes in the room. It made me feel great to bring this recognition to Cheltenham High School.”

At CHS, she finished first in her class and scored 1570 on her SATs in addition to three first-place finishes in the Montgomery County Science Fair. Dillon also earned Maximum Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam.

Dillon co-captained on the Lady Panthers basketball team her junior and senior seasons, and she was selected second-team All Suburban One.

Today, Dr. Molly Dillon is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University. She graduated from Yale University in 2008 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and Art and earned her Ph.D. at Harvard University.

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