State softball champ begins pre-med track

Ava Musgraves
Print Editor

Senior Ivy Clark accepts flowers at her softball senior night, alongside her parents. Photo from Ivy Clark

After receiving several accolades on the field, senior Ivy Clark plans to set down her softball glove in exchange for some medical gloves.

Clark’s passion for medicine flourished at the high school, working in the athletic training classes while being involved in several varsity sports including softball and the women’s swim team.

“Working with Coach (Sean) Wright and being an athletic training intern was such an awesome experience. Being sideline for all the football and basketball games, helping out injuries, and taping athletes is such a valuable experience for someone interested in medicine,” Clark said.

Clark served as a leader to her peers and president of the Athletic Training Club and Future Medical Professionals club,

After having attended Clark Elementary and Hixson Middle before WGHS, she plans to continue her education at the University of Notre Dame.

“I will be studying chemistry with a concentration in neuroscience and a minor in compassionate care in medicines on the pre-med track,” Clark said.

Chemistry has been a big focus of Clark’s education at WGHS.

“I think having the opportunity to work one on one with Mrs. (Mebbie) Landsness in a chemistry independent study course really solidified my love for science and exploring deeper into chem,” Clark said.

Looking back on her high school career Clark would tell her freshman self to “make mistakes, every mistake is just an opportunity for learning and growth.”

“I think I’ve learned to take advantage of every opportunity, from sports games to concerts. I’ve also learned to prioritize myself,” Clark said.

Ava Musgraves – Print Editor

This will be Ava Musgraves’ second year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year.

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