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North Central High School Junior Rebecca Weber, daughter of Paul and Maria Weber, has been selected to participate in the Resident Honors Program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, one year prior to her scheduled high school graduation date. “This fall, Rebecca will become one of twenty four students chosen from a nationwide search to participate in this highly competitive early entrance honors program,” states a press release issued by the Southern California campus.
“I’ve been blessed with a great education so far, and attending USC is a natural next step of development towards my goal of becoming a pediatric surgeon,” states Rebecca. “USC presents amazing opportunities especially in research and study abroad programs and I’m excited to be participating in their Thematic Options program. I’ll definitely be challenged, but my hope is that in pushing my limits, I’ll overcome them.” In addition, Rebecca will begin her major studies in neuroscience in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
“Becca has always been one of those kids who learns for the sake of learning,” said Rebecca’s mother Maria Weber. “Her ability to take in information and apply it in many ways is a skill that she learned from the incredible educators at St. Richard’s and North Central High School.” Paul Weber, Rebecca’s father says that “while we’re really sad that she’s leaving home a year earlier than we had planned, we feel confident that she has the strong foundation of knowledge and discipline she will need as she enters USC.”
As a student at North Central High School, Rebecca founded VolunTies, an organization that connects students with community service opportunities. In 2013, Rebecca was invited to participate in a TedX Youth Indianapolis Program, where she presented on the influence of technology on morality. She served as a Captain of the Volleyball Team and as an active member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Young Democrats Club, and All for Children, a service organization that provides mosquito nets to youth in Africa. Outside of school, Rebecca studied violin and Italian and ran her first half-marathon in 2013.