Former Elkins student graduates at top of college class
Former Elkins graduate Tasneam Shagroni
By DIANE TEZENO
Tasneam Shagroni of Missouri City has proven that hard work and persistence pays off.
Shagroni, a 2006 Elkins High School graduate, who ranked in the top 10 percent of her class, recently added to her list of academic achievements.
On Saturday, May 16, Shagroni was recognized by University of Houston Dean John Bear of the college of natural sciences and mathematics for achieving a 4.0 grade point average.
“Our college is full of bright, hard-working science and math whizzes. For Tasneam to finish at the top of such a competitive and distinguished class of graduates – and to do it all in just three years with perfect grades in rigorous coursework – is a remarkable achievement,” Bear said.
“[She] exemplifies the brilliance and dedication that all University of Houston students should aspire to.”
Her academic achievements earned her the privilege of bearing the NSM banner during her recent graduation ceremony.
Not only did the 20-year-old graduate as the top student in her college, she completed her undergraduate degree in three years.
“I was able to complete a biology major and chemistry minor in three years by taking classes in the summer and winter terms,” Shagroni said.
The recent UH graduate continued a family legacy with her recent achievements.
“My father also graduated number one from his college class, and I am honored to follow in his footsteps,” she said.
She credits a number of personal characteristics to her success.
“I would say that the keys to my success are determination, persistence, optimism and most of all a passion for learning,” Shagroni said of her accomplishment.
She plans to pursue a career in medicine and is applying to several medical schools.
“My motivation to pursue a career in medicine is rooted in my love of biological science and serving others. Medicine allows me to translate knowledge from a textbook to a patient and to aid patients both medically and emotionally,” Shagroni said.
During her college years, she worked as a volunteer at Methodist Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital, and plans to do additional volunteer work in the future.
The former Elkins High graduate aims to keep her educational pursuits on the fast track by completing her master’s degree in molecular and cell biology in one year.