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Brittany McDonald and her classmates never knew the old second floor library at Althoff Catholic. The STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Lab was up and running when they entered as freshmen. With natural talents and a passion for science and mathematics, Brittany wasted no time taking advantage of all that the school’s new Biomedical Science program had to offer.
The nationally recognized Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum taught at Althoff has shaped Brittany’s goals for the future by igniting her passion for the medical field. “These classes have opened my eyes to the many career choices in the medical field by giving me hands-on experience with some of the things I would have to do in that specific career path,” said Brittany.
One of the most valuable lessons Brittany has learned in her PLTW classes is that there are many ways to approach a problem and that analyzing things from all sides is important. Brittany has taken Principles of Biomedical Sciences, Honors Human Body Systems, and Honors Medical Interventions in the STREAM Lab. She has enjoyed having Mrs. Leutkenhaus as a teacher and all the hands-on experiences that these classes offer.
“Brittany is an amazing student who has worked tirelessly throughout her four years at Althoff. She has been so dedicated to the Biomedical STREAM program that she has willingly taken on the third-year course as an independent study because it did not fit into her schedule,” said Mrs. Angie Leutkenhaus. “Despite the fact that she does not hear the content presented in class, she reads through the material and perseveres through the laboratory work on her own. I am confident that her determination speaks volumes of her academic potential and success beyond high school.”
In addition to the STREAM program, Brittany credits her work in Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Calculus, and Statistics as helping to prepare her for the classes she will take in her Chemistry Pre-Pharmacy program at Xavier University of Louisiana where she was admitted with a scholarship.
Brittany and her family chose Althoff Catholic because they knew it would be a place that would feed her academically and spiritually, building on the strong foundation she received at Blessed Sacrament Grade School.
Outside of the classroom, Brittany has enjoyed being part of Math Team, Varsity Cheer, National Honor Society, Rotary Club, and Saturday Scholars. Brittany has also served as an ACE Leader, a math tutor, and is a member of Delta GEMS.
“What I enjoy most about Althoff is the people because we are like a family. No one is left out or feels unwanted,” said Brittany. “Althoff finds a way to make every single person feel included.”
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