Scholastic Superstar: Amanda Katchmar, Old Forge
Through Amanda Katchmar’s volunteer work at Geisinger Community Medical Center, she got a little closer to realizing her dream of becoming a doctor.
“Being able to assist in a hospital setting was extremely rewarding to me,” she said. “I loved knowing that I was able to help patients and staff, and getting the chance to experience different aspects of life in a hospital helped me to recognize that I truly want to work in one.”
The senior at Old Forge High School helped assist in patient services and laboratory duties. She was also in a research fellowship at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.
Aside from her experiences in the health care industry, Amanda is proud of being a National Merit Scholarship finalist and embarking on her first marathon. Amanda has already run four half-marathons and trained for the full Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach in March. She is also the cross country team captain and runs with the Scranton-based running group Can’t Is Not An Option.
Amanda most admires her parents, Chris and Karen Katchmar, for helping her become the person she is today.
“I admire my parents for their selflessness and because they have taught me to pursue my passions,” she said.
After graduation, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology at Boston University’s Kilachand Honors College and in 15 years, she hopes to be in a residency program at a teaching hospital located in a major urban area, preferably Boston.
Amanda’s philosophy of life is a quote from William Ernest Henley: “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”
— KATHLEEN BOLUS