The passing of her triplet sister inspired South Holland teen Hannah Ter Haar to pursue a career in genetics research.
“The life of my sister, Rebekah, inspired my interest in biology. I would like to find cures and treatments for the disorders that ultimately took her life four years ago, Ter Haar said.
“She was born with many diseases and genetic mutations for which doctors had no known cures. I would like to contribute to the studies to help those like her.”
A senior at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Ter Haar will attend Liberty University in Virginia to study cell and molecular biology.
“I want to be a researcher in the field of biology. I would love to study genetics and DNA,” she said.
The daughter of Donald and Nancy Ter Haar, the teen maintains a 3.79 grade point average and is involved in Illiana’s writing club, book club and drama department.
She has worked for three years on the school’s newspaper, The Echo, and this year became co-editor- in-chief. “I mainly write news stories, columns, and editorials, plus other articles when I need to. I also lay out the front and back page of our paper with my co-editor.”
“I love writing columns and I love piecing together the layout of the pages. It’s like a puzzle that you build yourself instead of having a picture to follow,” she added.
Ter Haar is a science fiction fan, and enjoys spending time with her brothers, Jacob and Adam, as well as dog Holly.