Christiana Oshotse

Scholar and Future Health Care Worker

Christiana Oshotse is a Math & Science Magnet senior at Westlake High School. Over the course of her four years in high school, she has played volleyball, volunteered at her school and throughout her community, and excelled academically. Her interest in medicine and healthcare is what urged her to participate in the healthcare pathway offered at Westlake with a concentration in emergency medicine, and interest derived from skills she learned as a first responder. She has thoroughly enjoyed learning how to save lives and prevent accidents, and has served as president of HOSA-Future Health Professionals for this past year, which allowed her to reach out to healthcare professionals in her community and challenged her to successfully manage a chapter of 300 students.

She has also been actively involved in her school’s Student Government Association, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Science Club serving in numerous leadership capacities, all of which she says have allowed her the chance to impact her community on greater and personal levels.

Christiana has experienced a great deal of academic success throughout her high school career. At just 16 years old, she is not only the valedictorian of her class and a Gates Millennium Scholar, but is also an AP Scholar with Honors and GE Reagan Presidential Scholar.

She will be attending Duke University in the fall as a Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholar, an honor only five students out of the 31,000 that applied to the Duke Class of 2019 have received as a testament of their dedication to academics and community service. This full tuition scholarship, which also awards $5,000 towards research, is awarded to African American students and is named after Reginaldo Howard, the first African American Student Government Association President at Duke.

Christiana hopes to double major in biology and global health, with the intent to work towards bettering the healthcare sectors of third world and developing countries not just through practicing medicine but also by working politically to push for solutions that favor greater accessibility and availability of healthcare for every person. She gives glory to God for all of her success thus far, acknowledging that He is the one who has given her strength, desire to succeed, and an amazingly supportive family. She is also grateful to her high school, full of supportive teachers and administrators who have been the catalyst for many of her future endeavors and interests.