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“The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation helped me pursue physics, neuroscience, and ethics during high school, as well as the guidance and support necessary for me to define my interests, pursue my passions, and translate my dreams into reality.”
Highlights of Young Scholar Experience: It was at a Foundation-sponsored Welcome Weekend in 2007 that Young Scholar Megan Parsons met a physician who had such an impact on her, she set her sights on also becoming an M.D, a neurosurgeon to be specific. During her time in high school the young lady from
Profile: Megan is an energetic young woman bound for greatness. She hails from the tiny hamlet of Fowler, MI, a rural community north of
Inspiration: In addition to her mother, who “dedicated her life to my educational and personal growth,” Megan said that her mentor, Dr. Kim Hoogeveen of Quality Living Inc., was instrumental in her success in and out of the classroom. Megan first met Dr. Hoogeveen at a Foundation welcome weekend prior to her beginning high school and he invited her to “shadow” neuropsychologists at his facity in
Aspiration: Following completion of her undergraduate degree, Megan hopes medical school will follow.
Making a Difference: Ever since she was a freshman in high school, Megan has given her time to tutoring youngsters who are having a difficult time in school. That’s just part of what she has done on a one-to-one basis. On a larger scale, Megan spent two months during the summer of 2010 at the
Accolades: Here is just a partial listing of her honors: Megan represented her country in the International First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics and received an honorable mention for her research paper; she was a finalist for the National Young Astronomer Award; she was the Michigan Brain Bee Champion in the Neuroscience competition in 2010. Megan won her school’s Sir Isaac Newton Award for calculus, and she won the gold medal in a regional oratory competition in 2009 for her speech on Alzheimer’s disease.
Interesting Fact: Not just one, but two interesting facts about Megan: She co-authored and edited a collaborative policy document on Somali piracy that was published and distributed to Washington, D.C. institutions and think tanks in 2010; and when she was eight years old, Megan was one of the opening dance acts for American country singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers on the Chesaning Showboat Music Festival.
Illinois State University