A senior at Hudson High School in Hudson, Ohio, Heather is ranked 4th in a class of 387 and is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Her character has earned the respect of her peers, the admiration of her teachers, and awards including the Marion Albee Character Award created by her chapter of the National Honor Society and the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership scholarship to send her to the regional HOBY Leadership Conference. Heather is extremely conscientious and dedicated to her family, her academics, and her music. For five years, she performed extensive family duties caring for her siblings while her parents were working full time. Her mother states "she is a dependable and responsible Junior Mom." A passionate violinist, she is in her ninth year in the Hudson school orchestras. Heather was accepted into the highly selective Hudson academic program, New Dimensions, an interdisciplinary class that explores complex and controversial social and political issues and involves significant social and cultural research experiences. Heather lived as an exchange student in Germany in the summer of her freshman year; her passion for the German language has led her to create an introductory German class for local middle school students. This past summer, Heather was selected to work as a research intern at the Cleveland Clinic, working alongside doctors on prostate cancer research. Heather's English teacher says this about her "one-in-a-million" student: "Heather sets the bar high, taking courses in all disciplines that challenge and stretch her, and excels in these courses. . .Heather has a love for her fellow man and woman. She is caring and sensitive, seeking out a career that both challenges her and gives her an opportunity to make a mark on society." Heather is a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo and was a member of Hudson Middle School's Power of the Pen team. She was awarded the David Hudson Chapter DAR scholarship earlier this year and was the winner of the chapter's American History Essay contest in 2010. Her current career of choice is one in psychiatry, and she hopes to attend Harvard, Vanderbilt, or Case Western Reserve University next year.