Student Profile:
Marc Powell, senior
North Springs Charter High School

There’s a logic behind mathematics and science that appeals to Marc Powell.

“I like solving problems,” said the 17-year North Springs Charter High School senior. “Being able to explain what’s around you … I like being able to take a math problem and find the answer. There’s a reason for that to be the answer.”

Marc hopes his math and science abilities will lead to a career in the medical field. It’s already led to academic acclaim.

This fall he was awarded the prestigious Rensselaer Medal, which honors promising math and science high-schoolers with a $60,000 ($15,000 per year) scholarship to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy N.Y., the oldest technological university in the U.S.

A math and science magnet student at North Springs, he was nominated for the award by his teachers.

“It’s definitely an honor, especially because it was selected by my teachers,” he said. “That they would choose me is an honor.”

Marc, the son of Mike and Amber Powell of Sandy Springs, is a Georgia Certificate of Merit recipient, an AP scholar and a member of North Springs’ National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and Science Olympiad.

He also is on track to be North Springs’ Salutatorian (No. 2 in his class).

He intends to study biomedical engineering for his undergraduate degree, then continue into medical school.

Out of the classroom, he is co-president of the Student Leadership Association at North Springs, which coordinates the school’s more than 75 clubs and activities and is the co-captain of St. Andrew Rowing Club. His team of eight competed this fall in Boston’s’ Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest invitational rowing event in North America.

What’s Next:

The Rensselaer scholarship offer is tempting. While Marc has applied there, “I’m still considering my options, but $60,000 is something not to be overlooked,” he said.

He’s also considering Georgia Tech, which he could attend on a Hope Scholarship, the University of Virginia and Boston University, where he has applied for an engineering scholarship.

He says he’d like to continue rowing in college. He’s familiar with the club at Georgia Tech, which shares the same boathouse on the Chattahoochee River with St. Andrew. He was impressed with the rowing facilities at Virginia on a recent campus visit. Both Rensselaer and Boston University are located in a rowing-passionate region of the U.S., and have competitive teams.

“As it stands right now, I’m looking to continue rowing in college,” he said. “All the schools I’m considering have a rowing team.”