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Washington County Technical High names students of month

January 17, 2011
  • Charles Smith
Charles Smith

Charles Smith and Maureen Leavy have been named Students of the Month  for January at Washington County Technical High School.

Charles is a junior enrolled in the biomedical science program at Tech High. His home school is Hancock Middle/Senior High School.

His academic schedule includes biomedical science, advanced-placement English literature, honors world history, art and honors physics.  

Having been an avid reader for as long as he can remember, Charles attributes that to his success in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, coming in 91st out of 258 competitors.

His other interests include drawing and the outdoors, especially in the winter.

Biomedical science falls under Project Lead the Way, and his favorite activities were dissecting a sheep’s heart and making chromosome spreads from the cancerous cells of Henrietta Lacks, a woman who has been dead since 1951.

He maintains a 3.89 grade-point average and participates in the marching band, playing in the pit.  Charles has served as a president of student government and as a representative for the SGA.

He plans to attend college, though he is undecided where, and major in premed. Afterward, he plans to become a medical examiner.

He thanks his family, teachers and friends for helping him become the successful student he is today.

Maureen is a senior in the biomedical science program at Tech High, where her academic classes consist of biomedical science, advanced-placement English language, honors sociology, advanced-placement calculus and honors psychology.  

Her home school is Hancock Middle/Senior High School.

Biomedical science falls under Project Lead the Way, and her favorite activities were dissecting a fetal pig and working with mannequins to sculpt parts of the body, such as the lobes of the brain and striations of the muscles.

She maintains a 3.98 grade-point average. After graduation, she will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and major in biomedical engineering.

Maureen is captain of the varsity volleyball and basketball teams, and made All-County First Team for volleyball.

She participated in the high school band as a flute player and was named drum major.

She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society. She has served as a treasurer for the student government and as an SGA representative. She has accumulated 514 volunteer hours.  

She has been chosen to work as a Near Peer Mentor for the GEMS/YES program run by Fort Detrick (Md.) Army Medical Research and Infectious Disease Division.

She would like to thank her mother, father and teachers for helping her become the successful person she is today.

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