Science + Service Earn Senior Recognition

Science + Service Earn Senior Recognition

May 2, 2017 – Most high school seniors are relieved to have chosen a college, and Seattle Academy seniors are no exception. Every Seattle Academy senior intending to enroll in college this fall has made a college commitment and the diverse group of colleges include the nation’s most selective. One Seattle Academy senior, in fact, has already chosen a medical school.

Sarah Goh ‘17 was seeking a program that would blend her scientific and philanthropic curiosities, and she found one in Albany Medical College’s/Siena College’s joint BAMD program. Through this highly competitive program, Sarah has already gained medical school admission and will begin her studies of medicine concurrent with Siena’s classic and service-oriented liberal arts core. More than 450 students applied for this program for which a small number of students are ultimately chosen to interview on campus. Sarah is one of 12-14 students who earned a spot.

The above is exciting in its own right, but Sarah’s strengths also caught the attention of the Women’s University Club (WUC) which awarded Sarah one of their annual $8000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors.  At last week’s WUC’s Brava! Awards Celebration, Sarah not only was recognized at a dinner for the club’s membership and invited guests but gave an acceptance speech. Continuing her longtime mentorship of Sarah, Seattle Academy Dean of Humanities Alison Ray coached Sarah on the writing for her speech. Director of College Advising, Melanie Reed, who attended the dinner along with Sarah and her family, was unsurprised fellow attendees seemed impressed with Sarah’s words of acceptance.

The “Brava!” event program described Sarah’s activities, some of which Sarah sought independently and still others through the mentorship of people like Seattle Academy Science Chair, Peter Clark:  “Sarah has participated in advanced scientific research at VOXA, a Nano-imaging company, and COSMOS, a high-tech genetic summer research camp. She has volunteered at the HiveBio Community Lab in Seattle that allows people of all ages to try science. She ended last summer researching Dravet syndrome and developing her own work with an intern at the University of Washington. She helped co-found and lead a STEM club at SAAS. Sarah’s goal is to break cultural limitations, and she sees herself working to defy the global challenge of intolerance by positively influencing others.”

Also recognized at the Brava dinner was parent of a Seattle Academy alumnus, Leslie Chihuly (Jackson ’16).

Above: Sarah with Seattle Academy’s Director of College Advising, Melanie Reed.
Sarah with her parents, Mui and David Goh.