Charlotte Parent's 2016 Terrific Teen Honorees
Charlotte Parent received so many impressive nominations for Terrific Teens this year that we decided to honor six additional students in this special online feature. We were inspired by their stories of leadership, service, and exploration of the academics and arts, and are sure you will be, too.
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Eager, Innovative, Humble
Senior, Porter Ridge High School
Amanda Conti has always loved riddles and Sudoku puzzles, which led her to gravitate toward the problem-solving aspect of STEM. She spent last summer at the North Carolina Governor’s School studying nuclear chemistry, environmental biology and physics.
She is the founder of local program Girls in STEM, designed to provide a forum space for girls to discuss current scientific topics. To build upon the excitement of female involvement in STEM fields, she planned service projects with local elementary schools.
Amanda holds school records in track and field and cross-country while also maintaining the highest GPA in her class and being recognized as a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist and a College Board AP Scholar with Distinction.
She serves as a Novant Hospital Junior Volunteer and is enjoying working in the emergency department this year. Next year she plans on attending Duke University, with a career goal of becoming a physician and researcher of neurodegenerative diseases.
“What makes Amanda a terrific teen is her humility she displays when being honored and her relentless pursuit of excellence,” says Jonathan Williams, school counselor at Porter Ridge High School.