Alumni Spotlights feature MHS Alumni who have been nominated by others for the work they are doing or how they impact their community. Nick Berry has been nominated for his collegiate endeavors and the bright future that awaits him. Warrior Nation cannot wait to see how he continues to excel!
Class of 2014
1. What activities, clubs, or organizations were you involved with during high school?
MHS baseball, Strength and Conditioning Club, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Principal’s Cabinet. Every day after school I was either lifting weights or playing baseball.
2. What were you best known for in high school?
Smart guy who didn’t take himself too seriously and people in my class probably remember my graduation speech.
3. How did your time at MHS impact your college experience?
The challenging college-level classes at MHS were the most beneficial aspect for long-term success. I found myself ahead of others when I got to college because of the study skills I learned at MHS. In baseball and the weight room, I learned about fitness, being part of a team, and navigating through unexpected problems.
4. What have you been up to since graduation?
I just finished my 3rd year at The Ohio State University. I’m studying biomedical science on the pre-medical track. Going out-of-state to a big school with a great football team was the best decision I’ve made. Big schools mean big opportunities. I spend most days at class, in my cancer research lab, and being physically active. I began running marathons and playing a lot of hockey. I joined a social fraternity on campus of about 150 men. Surrounding myself with some of the best fraternity men on campus has opened up so many connections both professionally and socially. This summer I received a shadowing internship at Ohio State’s medical center following around medical teams of physicians, fellows, residents, and medical students to learn as much as I can about the field of medicine I hope to enter. Now I’m currently applying to medical schools all across the country.
5. Are there any specific teachers who had a great influence on you during high school? In what ways did they influence you?
Ms. Pyne’s psychology class stuck with me now 4 years later when I needed that info for an entrance exam. Coach Nitka taught me that progress doesn’t happen overnight, rather it happens with improvement every day. Mr. Bosch had such a challenging class that ended up being most successful in teaching me how to study. Mr. Barry really set my solid foundation in chemistry that was so helpful for my college chemistry classes. Mr. Michaud, Mr. Adamson, and Mr. Bretzmann always kept the day exciting with humor related to the day’s subject
6. In what ways are you impacting your community or making an impact in your field of work?
I’d like to think that the personal and academic skills I’m developing now will help me become a great physician in the future, which would have a positive impact on the community. I’ve had some experience with my field by taking medical service trips to Nicaragua and Panama, serving those populations and comparing their medical issues to our own in the U.S.
7. Any advice you would like to give current MHS students or comments for the Warrior Nation community.
I found that the best way to learn time management is to keep a busy schedule now, so things seem easier in the future. Also, try to set your priorities and allocate your time according to those priorities.