We recently caught up with
, alumnus of the Class of 2007. Amanuel is also a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and holds a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Public Health from William & Mary. He is now enrolled at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
His educational goal was to combine a discipline with fundamental scientific principles with an understanding of the health-related problems affecting populations both nationally and globally. He is not 100% sure on his future field of medicine; however, if he had to choose a specialty right this moment, he would lean towards either Family Medicine or Internal Medicine specializing in Cardiology. Whichever specialty he does decide to go into, one thing will remain true: he wants to "serve in an under-served community, reaching those disenfranchised and without access to health care."
Amanuel had this to say about his Westminster education:
"As a graduate of Westminster, I now know more than before how instrumental and useful it was to practice and learn the organizational skills and keep myself in order; engage in team work with others, especially now in my medical school work, allowing me to have more structure in life. The required high standards of the school help one learn and exercise respect for others, practice good manners, and build strong character, which in turn results in people respecting and receiving a Westminster graduate more readily. I truly believe that the teachers are always in the students’ corner and carry them through life. The great balance of academics, arts, and sports helps one build character, team dynamic, motivation, collaboration, and selflessness. Westminster is the only school I know with the unique opportunity for its students to benefit from strong academics along with a great art and theatre program. The Shakespeare and musical upper-school plays help build perspective and enable the students to enhance their character and public-speaking ability, which distinguishes them from their peers in high school, college and in life."
When asked what his message would be to current students--
"Make the most of what is presented to you and do not take it for granted. Take advantage of your time and form strong friendships with your classmates, and build memories beyond the classroom."
And his message to current parents--
"Westminster provides a respectful environment, allowing kids to push their limits and find their passion. It is a place for your child to find himself/herself and what he/she is capable of. It is a school where emphasis is put on every student for who they are, and the child means more than a name, or letter grade."
Thank you to Amanuel for these kind words! We know that he will do amazing things!