A French gold medalist, science researcher and student ambassador, Summit senior Julia Rosa Helm, Anderson Township, has been named a semifinalist in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Corporation Program. Julia Rosa was also recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program.
She has taken advantage of The Summit’s rigorous academic curriculum and advanced placement courses, been a part of extracurricular clubs and sports teams and spent time volunteering.
During her time as a student at The Summit, Julia Rosa also was a member of The Summit’s Science Research Institute. During the summer, Julia Rosa researched clinical psychology with Farrah Jacquez, Ph.D. at UC’s Partnerships for Improvement and Treatment in Community Health Lab. Her work focused on determining health risks for Latino adolescents.
The Summit’s Science Research Institute is a unique-to-Cincinnati program that places high school students in authentic research laboratories with professional mentors.
The Summit also aims to produce high school graduates with strong proficiency in French or Spanish by teaching world language every year beginning with toddlers. As a freshman, Julia Rosa received a gold medal in the National French Exam, placing her in the 95th percentile for the test. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Her list of extracurricular activities included attending Camp Neuro (a summer camp for students interested in exploring medical careers), playing for KeVo lacrosse, serving as a member of Key Club and tutoring. She showed leadership in participating as a student ambassador for The Summit, helping new students at the school find their way. Julia was also on a panel to answer questions from freshmen and their parents.
She has also played varsity tennis all four years at The Summit.
Julia Rosa has volunteered at Tender Mercies, an organization that serves homeless adults with mental illnesses, and Batter for the Better where she made baked goods and donated them to various other organizations. She also traveled to Argentina with Projects Abroad to serve as a medical assistant.
Julia Rosa one of 13 students at The Summit who have received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. As a whole, they represent 12 percent of this year’s graduating class.