Being named Grovetown High School’s STAR student is gratifying to Megan Murphy.
“It means a lot that I can compete with other people on a bigger level, because I think a lot of time my school is kind of looked down upon,” said Murphy. “It just means a lot that all my hard work pays off.”
Murphy has narrowed her list of colleges to the University of Georgia, the College of Charleston and Mercer University. She scored a 2240 on her SAT to earn the STAR honor, and expects her class load, including four advanced placement classes this year, to have her ready for wherever she decides to go.
“I walked into an intro to psych class, an honors class at UGA last time I went, and we’re actually ahead of them, so it’s pretty exciting,” Murphy said.
STAR teacher Jeremy Medlin, who taught Murphy in her sophomore year junior years, has no doubt she will be successful.
“She’s really the best student I’ve ever had since I came to Grovetown High School,” said Medlin.
Murphy named Medlin her STAR teacher because he changed her attitude about learning, she said.
“It was really nice to have a teacher that wasn’t so focused on grades,” Murphy said. “He really just wanted to teach you and loved learning stuff as much as you did.”
As a child, Murphy suffered from a malignant tumor of the muscles that are attached to the bones, and had surgery that removed much of the muscle in her left thigh. That experience has shaped her future.
“I want to be a pediatric oncologist,” said Murphy, who plans to double major in biology and psychology. “Ever since I was little, ever since that, I’ve always wanted to be a pediatric oncologist.”