MPS student wins UW-Madison honor

Adetola’s work with the UW-Madison Department of Surgery will help her in her future career as a surgeon.

Adetola’s work with the UW-Madison Department of Surgery will help her in her future career as a surgeon.

Rufus King International School incoming senior Adetola Coker was honored as the 2013 female Paul Barrows Winner at the UW-Madison PEOPLE program awards banquet last week.

The Paul Barrows Award is given to the top male and female among the PEOPLE “Best of the Best” designees. PEOPLE, which stands for Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence, is a pipeline for students of color and low-income students, most of whom will become first-generation college students.

Adetola was selected from a group of 32 Best of the Best for her academic performance, rigorous course loads, high ACT scores, and involvement in leadership and community service activities. In addition to being on the Honor Roll and in National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, Adetola is in the Language Club, band, drum line, Black Student Union. Outside of school, she volunteers at a nursing home and organizes food drives.

Adetola completed her PEOPLE summer internship in the school’s Department of Surgery.

Adetola completed her PEOPLE summer internship in the school’s Department of Surgery.

As a PEOPLE scholar, Adetola participates in year-round sessions in Milwaukee and at summer sessions at UW-Madison, which focus on academic skills, college classroom experience, campus orientation and cultural enrichment activities.

This summer, Adetola completed her PEOPLE summer internship in the school’s Department of Surgery. If accepted to Madison, she plans to major in biology and then plans to go on to medical school to become a surgeon. Ultimately, she wants to start a health clinic in her family’s homeland of Nigeria. “Basically, I plan to give back to my community,” she says.

Ten other MPS students were among the 2013 Best of the Best PEOPLE program: Sabria Borom (Rufus King); Maria Cerda (Ronald Reagan High School); Xong Chang, (South Division High School); Alexandra Espada (Ronald Reagan); Stephan Guma (Rufus King); Cheng Fu Hang (Rufus King); Nhu Quynh Nguyen (Ronald Reagan); Coty Weathersby (Rufus King); Cherubim C. Yang (Rufus King); and Vang Yang (Rufus King). Upon high school graduation, PEOPLE students accepted at UW-Madison are eligible for a five-year tuition grant.