Two GCHS Seniors have been guaranteed admission into professional programs at the University of Louisville.
Tristan Deering will attend the U of L School of Law through the Harlan Scholars program. Shelby Watkins will attend the School of Medicine as a GEMS awardee.
Both guaranteed entrance programs are highly competitive, and only 10 of all applicants are accepted each year. Both require a high GPA and ACT score, along with an essay and resume of extracurricular and service activities, honors and awards. There is also a selective interview process.
Both Deering and Watkins have been very involved during their years at GCHS. Both are Governor’s Scholars and members of the Y-Club and National Honor Society. Watkins has had a successful volleyball career and currently serves on the school’s Senior Council. Deering is class president.
In addition to their guaranteed admission awards, Watkins has also received the competitive Vogt Scholarship, awarded to top students, and Deering is awaiting a decision from the prestigious McConnell Scholars program for students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential.
Watkins hasn’t quite narrowed down her ultimate field but says that both neurology and pediatric specialties are currently in the mix. She is the daughter of Tim and Stacey Watkins.
Deering is looking at a career in either public sector or administrative law. He is the grandson of Alfreda Pierce.