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Alumni Success Stories

Dual Enrollment Paves the Way for Dr. Maria Torres

October 29, 2020

Dr Maria TorresIn 2010, Maria Torres was a Dual Enrollment student in Calhoun History Instructor Dr. Waymon Burke’s class. ”Maria showed up in my class in 2010, and she looked so young that I thought someone had brought their child to class. Turns out, she was the advanced age of 15. Obviously, she was an excellent student,” Dr. Burke recalls.

Maria clearly was an outstanding student, graduating from high school at the age of 16. She went on to attend the University of Alabama – Huntsville (UAH), then on to the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, where she graduated at the age of 24.

“I was honored by Dr. Torres’ family to be invited to speak at a reception in her honor at the Torres home. She told me how much Calhoun meant to her educational journey and what a positive experience she had during her time at the college,” Dr. Burke said.

“It was my pleasure to have played a very small part in her academic journey,” commented Gwen Baker, Director of Calhoun’s Dual Enrollment program. “In the college’s dual enrollment program, we run across many jewels, and Maria is one who we are very proud of,” added Baker.

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