The student: Corinne Gartner, 17
School: Howard High
Special achievement: Vice president of her school's National Honor Society chapter, Corinne was nominated to compete for the National Honor Society Scholarship sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She was also president of her school's National Art Honor Society chapter and president of the Environmental Club.
Volunteer work: At 15, Corinne volunteered at Howard County General Hospital's pediatric emergency room for a year and a half. "It was kind of scary at times," she said. But she relished the experience. "I brought from it a new awareness of different kinds of people, basically. I'm interested in people."
What are her plans for the future? "I've always been a science person, interested in the human body and how things work," she said, so she plans to study pre-medicine at Stanford University, where she has been accepted for the fall. She also loves to paint and draw and will continue that avocation. "I think that's a method of stress release, relaxation," she said. "I'm a very determined, driven-toward-one-goal kind of person. With art, I can let go."