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14 Year Old Teen To Enter Pre Med Honors Program at Mary Baldwin College This Fall

Marne Garretson, a 14 year old teen who recently completed the ninth grade will be entering Mary Baldwin College this fall. She will be entering the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. She was selected to participate in the college's honors program and plans to major in Clincial Laboratory Science.


Clarksburg, MD-Marne Garretson, a 9th grade Advanced Placement Power Scholar, at Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg Maryland will be entering Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia in the fall. She was selected to participate in the Global Honors Scholars Program. Marne Garretson will be an entering20freshman class of 2013 in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) at Mary Baldwin College. PEG was founded some 20 years ago and it offers an opportunity for bright and accomplished young women to complete college during their high school years. PEG students live in a fully supervised, state of the art residence hall with their true peers. Admission decisions are based on: SAT scores, interview, application, recommendations, and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Ms. Garretson, age 14, will be joining other college students as young as 12.

Three years from now, Ms. Garretson will not be completing high school like many of her peers, but rather she will be entering her senior year in college. She plans to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinic Laboratory Scien ce with a minor in Health Care Management. Her career goal is become a Physician Scientist. Acceleration was the perfect option considering the many years of graduate school she will need from a B.S., M.S., M.D., and then the Ph.D. Ms. Garretson plans to balance her academ ic studies with involvement in colleg e activities, associations and sports. She plans to try out for either the volleyball, basketball or softball teams, and she would like to start a chapter of the Student National Medication Association and the NAACP.

Ms. Garretson completed her accelerated ninth grade high school curriculum including: Honors Algebra II, Honors Physics, Honors English, and AP Government. Ms. Garretson was involved in extra curricular activities including: Debate, Moot Court and Volleyball. She has already earned one college credit from Louras College, and hopes to earn additional credit for taking the AP Government exam.

Ms. Garretson is currently conducting research with a mentor scientist at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. Her research involves tissues and cell engineering. She is a Biomedical Trainee in the Physician Scientist Training Program, a longitudinal program to p repare students to enter the field of biomedical research. For the past two summers, she completed coursework in science, scientific writing and statistics. Her presentations include: HIV/AIDS, Hypertension and Diabetes. Ms. Garretson spent her Christmas vacation volunteering in the University of Maryland Medical Center R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a Trauma Radiology Volunteer, a position typically reserved for undergraduates, and medical students. Ms. Garretson spent 75 hours assisting in the process of taking portable x-rays of critically injured patients. While most students were receiving gifts, Ms. Garretson was giving her time to others. Ms. Garretson volunteered on Christmas day, and one of her shifts was 11 hours.& nbsp; With Ms Garretson’s assistance along with other hospital volunteers, the University of Maryland Medical Center was able to meet the increasing demands for health care during the holidays.

Ms. Garretson has earned numerous accomplishments during her middle and high school careers. She has consistently earned recognition for her grades including honor roll and high honors. Other achievements include: Quarterfinalist, We the People Moot Court Competition, Washington College of Law, The American University; Gold Medalist Entrepreneurship Category, Montgomery County NAACP ACT-So Competition; First Place Essay Contest sponsored by Bethesda Literary Arts Festival; and Outstanding Achievement Award in Latin. She has participated in gifted and talented programs including: Education Program for Gifted Youth at Stanford University; Duke University Talent Identification Program; and Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Ms. Garretson attended Model United Nations Conferences at the United States Department of State, Harvard University and The American University. As part of her Model United Nations conferences, she often represents non governmental organizations and participates in the World Health Organization. She is a student member of the Global Health Council. She recently studied environmental science and culture in Hawaii with the Brown University Le adership Laboratory.

Ms. Garretson recently founded, Educational Books & Media, to provide low cost, gently used, college textbooks to students. With the cost of college textbooks on the rise, Ms. Garretson will be able to recycle her own textbooks beginning next fall. Ms. Garretson was recently selected as a silver medalist in the National NAACP ACT SO Competition in New York last week.

Ms. Garretson is passionate about sharing our gifts with others and is available for speaking engagements. She is available to speak on the following topics: planning for your future; college admissions process; achieving dreams despite challenges; getting ready for college; preventing HIV/AIDS; youth engagement and service; youth entrepreneurship; and youth leadership. For more information, please visit her website at:

Marlinda Boxley

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Marlinda Boxley
23608 Overlook Park Drive
Clarksburg, MD 20871

Phone: 301-540-0184