SOUTHINGTON - Southington High Schoolâ€™s Essayist, Evan Bender, plans to study in John Hopkins Universityâ€™s Biomedical Engineering program. He also wants 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 Bender said.
Bender said that he felt like there were many opportunities 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 team captain, participated in Project Lead the Way, DECA and his schoolâ€™s Model UN. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Aspiring Medical Professionals Club and the Future Business Leaders of America.
Benderâ€™s additional activities included working as a swim instructor, a life guard and a National Honor Society Director of tutoring. He also volunteered with groups such as Camp Invention and the Invention Convention. His other interests include 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.
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.
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