“USchool was able to accurately gauge my progress throughout the years and place me in the best possible classes, enabling me to learn at my own pace and develop the skills I need."
Senior Melanie Stone first began her educational journey at NSU University School (USchool) 14 years ago and has seized every opportunity afforded to her along the way. At a young age, Stone was provided a strategic academic advantage having started in our Early Childhood Program. Over the years, she has flourished as a student and become a dedicated, hard-working leader driven to excel both in and out of the classroom.
After earning high scores on the PSAT, Stone was honored as a National Hispanic Scholar and Commended Scholar for the National Merit Scholarship Program. In recognition of her academic excellence, exceptional character, and outstanding accomplishments, Stone was chosen by USchool faculty to receive the Harvard Book Prize Award. Her impressive achievements throughout her academic career have culminated with her recent designation as co-valedictorian for the Class of 2020 and acceptance into Cornell University.
Stone currently serves as co-vice president of USchool's National Honor Society chapter and is involved in the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Spanish National Honor Society. She is also an ambassador for the New2U Club, which gives her the opportunity to speak with and tour prospective students to share the benefits of being a USchool student.
With our wide variety of course options available at USchool, Stone was able to discover and cultivate her passion for math and science by taking high-level classes in several core subject areas, such as physics, chemistry, and calculus.
"USchool was able to accurately gauge my progress throughout the years and place me in the best possible classes, enabling me to learn at my own pace and develop the skills I need," said Stone. "I feel academically prepared to succeed in college."
Using her interests to connect and engage with members in the community, Stone volunteered at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center where she offered support and comfort to patients and their loved ones. She also participated in National Cancer Survivors Day, an annual community event that celebrates life, alongside cancer survivors, loved ones, and caregivers. Combined with her passion for nutrition and helping others, Stone applied her experiences as a volunteer to her capstone project, which involves a cookbook designed for cancer patients that will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle while undergoing treatment.
When she is not in school, Stone spends her time mastering her gymnastic skills and growing as an athlete. As someone who is highly motivated and firmly believes in leading by example, Stone is determined to prove to others that with self-discipline, balance, and dedication, it is possible to succeed as both a student and an athlete.
"So many people feel the need to pursue one or the other, but I hope that people know that it is possible to pursue excellence in both academics and athletics," said Stone.
Upon graduation, Stone will be joining the gymnastics team at Cornell University and plans to immediately begin working toward earning a bachelor's degree to then apply to medical school and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Inspired by her parents who both work as doctors, Stone hopes to follow in their footsteps, helping care for people and meet the health needs of her community.
"I have seen my parents interact with their patients and how rewarding their job is," Stone said. "I want to do the same."
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