Mason Markovich, 18, looks forward to treating diseases and finding cures as a biochemistry student at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Markovich graduated in June as valedictorian of Whiting High School, and is a recipient of the Indiana University Excellence Scholarship and the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, given to students who excel in science.
“Knowing the work that I had done the last four years had finally paid off felt like winning a million dollars. Everyone in my family is extremely proud of my accomplishments,” Markovich said.
Named to the National Honor Society, Markovich participated in the Science Olympiad throughout high school and was named state champion in anatomy and physiology competitions.
He toured Spain, Italy and France with the school's the Spanish Club his senior year. “When we went on our trip to Europe, we started in Madrid and went to Barcelona in Spain. We went to Nice in France and Florence and Rome in Italy,” he said.
“Seeing all the old architecture and hearing all the new languages were some of the most amazing experiences of my entire life so far.”
“I want to plan another trip there as soon as possible. I might even study abroad during college,” he added.
In addition, Markovich played percussion for three years at Whiting High and ran cross country throughout high school, earning Academic All-Conference honors his senior year.
The son of Matthew and Annette Markovich, of Whiting, Markovich is a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Whiting.