ELYRIA, Ohio - A 17-year-old student from Elyria has been named one of the top 20 students in the nation in the ALL-USA competition.
It's for her academic success in high school and college at the same time.
Victoria Soewarna recently got back from picking up her award in San Francisco and is preparing to graduate from Lorain County Community College's early college high school program in May. This teen has big goals and laser focus.
Soewarna said she was extremely honored to be named to the ALL-USA Academic Team.
Soewarna graduates from LCCC with her high school diploma and two associate degrees. Victoria will study pre-med at Ohio State in the fall, entering as a junior.
She is researching gene mutation therapy in hopes of finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.
"I get to help other people because by working on a cure for HIV, hopefully it will help a lot of people in the long run," Soewarna said.
Great grades don't come easy; Victoria said she spends hours studying, which takes a lot of focus.
She became interested in AIDS research because her acclaimed professor, Dr. Harry Kestler is a renowned AIDS researcher and gene mutation therapy expert.
Kestler taught at Harvard and did research at the Cleveland Clinic,
But Kestler wanted to get back to teaching students like Victoria at Lorain County Community College.
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