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Lakeside STAR plans biomedical future

Posted: March 17, 2013 - 12:01am
Lakeside High School STAR student Emma Blume selected Charlotte Smith as her STAR teacher.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Lakeside High School STAR student Emma Blume selected Charlotte Smith as her STAR teacher.

A visit to a prosthetics program persuaded Lakeside High School STAR student Emma Blume to pursue an education in biomedical engineering.

But it was Charlotte Smith, a teacher at Lakeside, who got Blume interested in biology in the first place.

“She’s so dedicated to her students,” Blume said, explaining why she chose Smith as her STAR teacher. “She makes learning fun. She’s such a good teacher. She inspired me to realize that biology really was something I love, and that I needed to find a career in that field.”

After visiting the prosthetics program at Mercer University, Blume said she found her niche.

“For the longest time I never wanted to be an engineer,” she said. “But I realized through biomedical engineering that I could be in the medical field but I didn’t have to get my M.D., because I don’t want to work in a hospital.”

After wrestling her college choice, she finally settled on Georgia Tech as the best fit for her studies.

Earning Lakeside’s STAR status by virtue of a 2270 on the SAT, Blume also will graduate as Lakeside’s salutatorian. And though Smith says her former gifted and advanced placement biology student is a “science nerd” who serves as co-captain of the school’s Science Team, Blume also is exceptionally well-rounded – playing in the marching band, serving on homecoming court and landing the honor of Miss Lakeside.

“She’s just about a perfect student,” said Smith, who twice before has been named a STAR teacher at Lakeside.

“The good thing about Emma is her kindness and goodness,” Smith said. “Even without all these academic accolades, she’s just a very good person.”

EMMA BLUME

Lakeside High School

Age: 17

Parents: Richard and Michele Blume

College: Georgia Tech

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