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International Academy West
City:  White Lake
College / University:  Johns Hopkins University
Ever since Sophia Doerr entered high school, she has committed herself to various extracurricular activities that would challenge her; mind and body. She has been a leader for several robotics teams, her interest stemming from her background in robotics since the 4th grade, and her participation in the HOT team her freshman year. In her junior year, Sophia and a colleague from IA, in their team Pink Energy, won 3rd place in the world championship for the Senior game division of Robofest. She continued her passion for robotics in leading the creation of a new FIRST team this year, the rookie team known as Materia Oscura, which won the Rookie All Star Award at the Livonia Regional Competition. Sophia has been a captain of the Milford Marching band colorguard for the past two years, as well as a leader of the Huron Valley Alliance winterguard. Her winterguard placed in the Michigan State Championships both this year and last year, and this year, her team made semifinals at the World Championship. Through her interest in piano, she has participated in Achievement testing and Festival all four years of her high school career and earned a superior rating every year for both events.
The international baccalaureate program at the International Academy is challenging, but it has exposed her to wonderful opportunities as well. Sophia has been able to challenge her community outreach abilities through the CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) program, participating in the IA West's team for Relay for Life, and volunteering at a hospital and dance studio. Through the four years of challenging coursework, and innumerable long nights, she has earned a 3.97 unweighted GPA and a weighted GPA of around a 4.35. During the annual IA West honors convocation ceremony last year, Sophia was awarded the Marie Curie Women's Society of Engineers Award as well as the Physics Departmental Award. She has also been a member of NHS, which helped put on a clothing drive as well as create a teacher appreciation week at the school ending in a well coordinated teachers brunch. Doerr will enter the biomedical engineering program at Johns Hopkins University on the premed track to become a neonatologist in the fall. It has been a lifelong aspiration of hers to enter the neonatology field, as she has a true passion for medicine and impacting the world around her.

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