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Scholastic Student Spotlight: West senior researching antibiotic alternatives
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Mary-Grace Trogdon. - photo by Micah Green

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Scholastic Student Spotlight is a bi-monthly series brought to you by Lennar Atlanta where the Forsyth County News spotlights local students and their scholastic achievements and future goals.

Name: Mary-Grace Trogdon

School: West Forsyth High School

Grade: Senior

GPA: 4.43, weighted

Classes: 15 AP classes, inlcuding seminar and research, which are part of the two-part capstone program; Honors anatomy. “My final research project is focused on developing viable alternatives to antibiotics, specifically using silver nanoparticles and plant extracts, in order to combat antibiotic resistance.”

Next steps: Applying to the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Emory University, Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins University
In school: National Honor Society; Science National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta; Science Olympiad; Health Occupation Students of America; peer tutoring

Out of school: Docenting at the Chattahoochee Nature Center throughout high school; horseback riding for 14 years; ballet for 12 years; employed at Faithful Friend Mobile Veterinary Clinic for 7 years

Future goals: “After graduation, I intend to get a master’s degree, if not a doctorate. I am especially interested in the medical field and ecological conservation and intend to go into a vocation in one of those two fields. I plan to attend a respected school that will challenge me as well as prepare me for a successful career. I want to continue to have career prospects and enjoy my job. The specific careers I am considering include veterinarian, as well as human medicine, including radiologist or internal medicine specialist.”