NAACP supports local student with scholarship

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A future doctor

By John Barnhart

    One of these days it's likely Alexis Brown will be known as Dr. Brown.

 The 2013 Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) graduate is headed off to the College of William and Mary, the second oldest university in the United States; she is enrolled in a pre-med program.
    William and Mary was chartered in 1693 and named for King William and Queen Mary, England’s dual reigning monarchs at the time. Forbes ranks it among the 10 best public universities in America and U. S. News and World Report ranks its admission standards as “most selective.” It includes Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court, among its alumni. George Washington was the school’s first American chancellor.
    Brown starts there this fall majoring in kinesiology and health science. Brown said kinesiology is the study of how the human body moves. She’s thinking of becoming an anesthesiologist.
    She’s taken advantage of opportunities to learn more about the medical professions, including attending a medical career camp, last summer, where she got to observe five surgeries.
    “It was through Centra,” she said. “They had a big health camp. We got to choose the places we would go and observe.”
    Brown got interested in a medical career when her grandfather, Bill Carson, had heart surgery. She spent a lot of time in the hospital visiting him and that perked her interest in medicine.
    She graduated with a 4.357 GPA from Jefferson Forest. This is because she took a lot of advanced placement courses, which are weighted differently than regular courses, and did well in them.
    “I also went to Governor’s School and those courses were weighted heavier as well,” she said when asked about her studies.
    Her favorite course was biology.
    “I took a dual enrollment class through CVCC at Governor’s School,” she said.
    While at JFHS, she was a member of the Key Club, International Relations Club, National Honor Society, Centra Health Career Camp Ambassador, and School Ambassador and a Representative for Central Virginia Governor’s School at the State Capital.  She was co-editor of the JFHS Yearbook and  Literary Magazine.  She received the Academic Achievement Award and was Miss Jefferson Forest 2013.  In addition, she received 1st Place in the Engineering Bridge Project and 2nd Place in the VA Regional Science Fair.  She was an intern at Radiology Consultants of Central VA and a volunteer at the Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center and a leader for JFHS on the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust Youth Advisory Board.
    Brown was captain of JFHS’ varsity softball team and played travel softball as well.  She has shared her knowledge of the game by participating in numerous softball camps teaching youth the fundamental skills of the game.   She was named News Advance Player of the Year 2012, Lynchburg Hillcats Player of the Year 2012, Miss NSA (National Softball Association) in 2009 and 2011, and played in the NSA World Series and ASA Nationals.
    She also sings with her church choir and is part of the youth group at St. Paul Baptist Church. 
    The Bedford Branch NAACP honored her last week with a $500 scholarship check. Clarence Brown, who is not related to her, said the scholarship was awarded to recognize her outstanding academic achievement. He also noted her involvement in school activities as well as her involvement in the community and her church.
    Alexis Brown is the daughter of Kenneth and Vanessa Carson Brown of Forest.