Parrott Academy proudly recognizes four members of the Brody School of Medicine Class of 2021. Recent grads, Will Clark, Class of 2012, Spencer Jackson, Class of 2012, Andrew Piner, Class of 2010, Chelsea Viscardi, Class of 2009 received their white coats at the annual white coat ceremony at the Brody School on August 4th. All 82 students in the Brody Class of 2021 are North Carolina residents. The newly enrolled students were selected from over 1000 applicants and represent 30 counties.
-McLean Ellis, ’06 has been named chief resident for the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital.
-Tara Pilato, ’13 gave her senior viola recital at Notre Dame on March 26. Orchestra instructor, Eulalia VonFossen attended and got the chance to catch up with sisters, Jackie and Tara. Tara is heading to med school next year.
-Several Parrott alumni were recognized as up and coming movers and shakers in a new publication, My Lenoir Magazine. The cover story, “Become Your Own Best At-home Chef” is about current parent and alumna, Caroline Briley Roberts, ’01, and her family’s take on the boxed meal services. Other alumni were recognized in its “20 under 40 article:” Keely Mills Koonce, ’08; Zacchaeus Rasberry, ’16; Nathan Perry, ’07; Rev. Thomas Paine Hopfengardner Warren, ’99; and current parent and onetime student, William Nelson Wilder, Jr.; Michael Reid Martin, current parent.
-Hadley Bryan, ‘13 has been accepted as a PhD candidate in Epidemiology and Human Genetics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine after graduating from NC State.
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Morgan Barbre, APA ‘15
Recent graduate and NC State Park Scholar, Morgan Barbre ’15 traveled to the fourth triennial Women Deliver global conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. With nearly 6000 attendees from more than 150 countries, this gathering was the largest forum held in the last decade to discuss girls’ and women’s health issues and rights Morgan felt the conference was, “a phenomenal opportunity to engage in the international conversation on global maternal health, sustainability, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.” During the four-day event, Barbre heard presenters such as Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan, and Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation. But the speaker who most impressed Morgan was a midwife from Nakaseke Hospital in Uganda. The woman’s fierceness and dedication to her profession left their mark on Morgan. The entire experience inspired her to plan several speaker events this fall at NC State.
Morgan’s interest in global maternal health started in high school while a student at Parrott, when she spent time during the summer working at a home for special needs children in Antiua, Guatemala. She learned that children’s disabilities-cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and other developmental and physical delays-were directly linked to mothers’ poor prenatal care or birth complications. She began to see intersections between her interests in science, medicine, spirituality, and the psychology of healing, leading her to plan a career in social work and medicine in some capacity.
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Amanda Cannon, APA ‘13
Amanda Cannon has been interested in the music industry since her time at Parrott, but she wasn’t sure how to translate that interest into a career. Amanda enrolled at NC State as a Park Scholar in the fall of 2013. After spending the summer after freshman year in Nashville studying music copyright law and volunteering at the Country Music Association, Amanda realized that her dream of working in the music industry was a very real possibility. Back at NC State Amanda served as the Union Acitivities Board Leisure and Entertainment Committee and is now the executive vice president of the organization. She coordinated several entertainment events including the NC State’s Campout, an annual school spirit event that marks the beginning of Wolfpack basketball season. This semester, Cannon planned PackHowl, NC State’s sold-out Homecoming concert. Cannon also secured the Country Music Association’s endorsement to launch a chapter of its college outreach program, CMA EDU, at NC State. Amanda spent this past summer interning in marketing at the Grand Ole Opry. After graduating from NC State in the spring of 2017, Amanda plans to relocate to Nashville and begin a career in the music industry.
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