SOUTHINGTON â€“ Southington High Schoolâ€™s Essayist, Evan Bender, will plans to study in Johns Hopkins Universityâ€™s Biomedical Engineering program as well as to pursue a pre-med degree with minors in computer integrated surgery and computational medicine. He later aspires to attend medical school to become a robotic surgeon.
â€śIâ€™ve always been interested in medicine and engineering and itâ€™s nice that I can combine them,â€ť said Bender.
Bender said that he felt like there were many opportunities for him to challenge himself at Southington High School.
â€śI was challenged appropriately and the teachers did a great job in preparing me for my future,â€ť he said.
Bender was the varsity swim and dive captain and participated in Project Lead the Way and DECA as well as his schoolâ€™s Model United Nations. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Aspiring Medical Professionals Club and the Future Business Leaders of America.
Benderâ€™s extracurricular activities included being a swim instructor and life guard and a National Honor Society Director of tutoring as well as volunteering at groups such as Camp Invention and the Invention Convention. His other interests included participating in triathlons, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, skiing and reading.
Bender said that his motivation came as a result of being naturally highly competitive.
â€śAs I progressed through my coursework, it became more and more specialized and more and more interesting to me,â€ť he said. â€śI was excited to learn and it made me want to succeed.â€ť
Bender said that while he will miss his classes and the friends that he has made over the years, he is excited to move forward. His advice to students still going through Southington high school is that they challenge themselves with their courses.
â€śMake sure that you take advantage of the opportunities that are available to you and stay motivated with what you do,â€ť he said.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.