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2020 Senior Spotlight: Hermione Joseph

Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight
Posted on 04/23/2020
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To help celebrate the Class of 2020, we asked high school principals to identify exemplary seniors to be profiled for our Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight series.

Hermione Joseph, East Ridge High School

Hermione Joseph
What are your plans after high school? 

My plans after high school are to attend Montana State University in the fall and major in nursing. I then plan to take the MCAT and go to med school for Neonatology and hopefully become a neonatologist. Neonatology is a subspecialty of pediatrics that consists of the medical care of newborn infants, especially the ill or premature newborn.


What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your school? Why?

The most important thing I have learned in school is to put yourself out there. Whether it be a club or a sport, there is nothing more satisfactory than completing something you didn’t know you could do! For me, this was starting Cross Country as a junior with no running experience and then being elected as a captain for the team my senior year! I also participated in Track, Youth Advisory Council, Student Council, UNIFIED Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

What has been, or what will be, your biggest challenge?
I believe my biggest challenge in high school has been finding the time to fit everything into my schedule! I believe this will be just the same in college as there is so much more to do! Time management has been key for me as a student and teen.

What teacher has had the biggest impact on your educational journey?

My Pre-AP Chemistry and AP Biology teacher, Mrs. Harberts. Hands down Mrs. Harberts has guided my high school career and pathed my dream of becoming a doctor. When these science classes were hard Mrs. Harberts would simply take extra time, take a step back and help every one of her students until we all felt we truly understood the complex topics. AP Biology is my favorite course I have taken as a student and each day I could spend hours listening to Mrs. Harbert’s lecture. Mrs. Harberts has given me the confidence and the knowledge that I believe will allow me to complete my career goals!

With the current state of the world, what gives you hope?

The unity and sense of community in the word right now gives me hope. Though what is occurring is heartbreaking and at times infuriating, knowing that relationships are growing stronger is giving me peace. Time seems to have slowed and after living such a fast-paced life it is nice to stop and “smell the roses,” I have been able to spend time with my family, be outdoors, nanny a baby and still focus on my studies. I also believe the earth is thanking us for this and the environmental positives give me hope such as less CO2 emissions, pollution and overcrowding.