The town’s 2016 First Selectman’s Youth Award winner, Audrey Grotheer, was recognized this month by Brandeis University for continuing achievement when it conferred upon her a Bachelor of Science degree with Magna Cum Laude honors. A double major in Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy, Grotheer earned Dean’s List honors after each of her eight semesters at Brandeis.
“You should be proud of your superior performance that builds upon our Brandeis tradition of excellence,” wrote Brandeis Dean of Arts and Sciences Dorothy L. Hodgson in a letter to Audrey. “This honor will be recorded permanently on your Brandeis transcript. Congratulations on behalf of the entire academy.”
While enrolled at Brandeis, Audrey availed herself of international learning opportunities, first as part of the Brandeis chapter of Global Medical Brigade, bringing supplies and expertise to a remote village in Honduras, and then while studying tumors and their treatment at the University of Siena, Italy.
In addition to her academic achievements, Audrey was a Community Advisor and Head Community Advisor in the university’s residential life program and a volunteer coordinator and program manager with Junior Brandeis Achievement, bringing after-school programming and supplies into local elementary schools.
All told, Grotheer logged more than 900 hours of volunteer community service while a student at Brandeis; she was also captain of the women’s team in the Brandeis Football (soccer) Club.
Concrete plans for her continuing, post-graduate studies are pending.