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Panama City High School Senior Accepted to 27 Prestigious Colleges and Awarded $4 Million in College Scholarships

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Many high school seniors struggle with the decision of where to attend college. But a Panama City senior named Jonathon Walker has a bit of a different struggle than many. He has been accepted to all of the colleges to which he applied and offered $4 million in college scholarships.

Who is Jonathon Walker?:

Jonathon is a senior in high school who attends the International Baccalaureate program at Rutherford High School in Panama City. Jonathon says that any success he has is because of his community - the schools he's attended, his parents who have always supported him, and his immediate community who came together in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

Jonathon has always had an intellectual curiosity, but that curiosity eventually develop/ed into a love of science and engineering. But Jonathon doesn't spend all of his time on academics. He is also a member of the varsity football team.

Jonathon Applied to Many Colleges to Maximize His Chance of Acceptance:

One of Jonathon's teachers suggested that he apply to colleges where he could picture himself. Jonathon didn't apply to any place where he didn't think he could be happy, but he saw advantages in each college and wanted to maximize his chance of success. Jonathon didn't think that he would be accepted by them all. But he was accepted to all 27, including Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Yale, and MIT. Michael was excited with each acceptance that came.

Jonathon Wants to Use His Knowledge of Engineering to Help Others:

Although Jonathon hasn't made any admissions decisions yet, he does know that he'd like to double major in electrical and biomedical engineering. He's set a goal of helping disabled people through technology, and he's already started creating devices. Jonathon told the Panama City News Herald:

“I just want people to have like a greater quality of life because I feel like if they're able to focus more on just forming meaningful and joyful connections, instead of their own health, they can really explore what it means to contribute to life and just make everybody else's life better. And so, if I can facilitate that, it's honestly a dream come true.”

Here is a YouTube video where can hear Jonathon talk about this experience.

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