Martha BaylorSchool: Atholton High SchoolHometown...


March 14, 1994

Martha Baylor

School: Atholton High School

Hometown: Columbia

Age: 17

Martha, a senior, has a skill few students her age have -- she plays seven musical instruments. She began on the piano, then moved to other instruments such as the flute, violin, alto sax, baritone sax and trombone.

She's put her talent to work for four years as part of the school's jazz and marching bands. She also sings in the school choir and was part of the national Sound of America honor band and chorus that toured seven European countries last summer.

Martha heads the school's MESA chapter, a group for math, engineering and science students. She's been a Math Team member and belongs to the Black Student Union and the school's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC), in which she's a first lieutenant.

As part of the JROTC program, she won the "superior cadet" award when she was a freshman.

She has volunteered at various soup kitchens for five years and had been a Girl Scout for many years.

Plans: She wants to study math and physics in college, but would like eventually to teach at a school for the deaf.

Her comments: "I enjoy working with deaf people," she says. "It seems like a way to teach and to help people."

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