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Best In Class 2012: Maddie Pattock & Tyler Reynolds

Senior Class Continues to Exhibit Academic Success

If Burrell School District’s STEM education initiatives prove to be successful – there will many more students like Maddie Pattock and Tyler Reynolds in the future.

Both Maddie and Tyler are interested in pursuing a postsecondary path in the engineering field, and coincidentally, they are both headed to Penn State this fall to begin their studies. “I am definitely a math and science person,” says Maddie, who will enroll in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State Main Campus next year.

After her sophomore year, Maddie attended a weeklong architectural engineering camp at Penn State that spawned a career interest in the field. Maddie says she benefitted from the CADD and Architecture & Engineering courses that she took during her junior and senior years at Burrell. As a junior, Maddie also took Calculus, Physics, and AP Chemistry. During her senior year, she challenged herself even further with Calculus II and Biology II. “Burrell definitely prepares students in the math and science areas,” says Maddie. “The medical field, engineering, and computers are where the jobs are today, and the teachers at Burrell are very good in these areas.”

Among her many academic honors, Maddie earned Distinguished Honor Roll at Burrell, was president of National Honor Society, and a Rotary Scholar. Her GPA is 4.3. She was involved several extracurricular activities including swimming and tennis, where she earned a total of six varsity letters. She was also active in student government and Math Team.

Tyler will attend Penn State Behrend to study Environmental Engineering, a field that both his uncle and aunt are employed in. He is specifically interested in a career in environmental systems management, which involves working with industrial firms and other companies to establish environmental goals, analyze impact and legal requirements, and implement effective programs and processes. “To be successful in the environmental field, you have to really care about it. You have to be driven,” says Tyler.

Tyler was certainly driven during his junior and senior years at Burrell when he took on a very challenging course load including Physics I & II, Honors Calculus, Chemistry, and other STEM-related courses. “I was challenged at Burrell – especially in my last two years,” he says. Tyler earned Senior of the Month, Outstanding Young Citizen, Distinguished Honors, and other awards during his academic career. He also played baseball and golf at Burrell. “I really think that when you get involved in activities at Burrell, you make friendships and develop memories that will last a lifetime.”

Penn State University’s overall undergraduate Engineering program was ranked 17th in the nation in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.

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