Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Cort MacBeth Smith, 17, a senior at St. Charles West High School, believes that the key to understanding people is first to understand how they think.

Cort plans to study psychiatric medicine after high school and to become a practicing physician.

"I want to go the medical route because it is filled with knowledge," he said. "I want to understand people on all levels." Upon retirement, Cort plans to go into politics. He believes that the understanding he will gain through his study and practice of psychiatry will be an important asset to bring to the political arena. In addition to practicing medicine, Cort wants to be active in civic affairs. He wants to earn a medical business degree and help make future decisions in today's changing world of medicine. He says he wants to learn throughout his whole life by doing and being involved. For the past two summers, Cort has had an opportunity to get a head start in the medical field. He was selected as one of 52 students in Missouri to take part in the George Engelmann Institute for Math and Science. This past summer, Cort spent six weeks on research in microbiology at St. Louis University under his mentor, Dr. Michael Green. Cort says that even though he wants to be a practicing physician, the research gave him an opportunity to experience the world of medicine and to meet others who share his interests. "The overall experience was fantastic," he said. "I was honored to be chosen." As his hobbies, Cort lists singing for the band, Sabot, which plays new-age and underground music. He is also an Eagle Scout. He says he enjoys camping and living on what he can carry on his back. As his project requirement for becoming an Eagle Scout, he chose to build an altar for the Emanuel Lutheran Church in St. Charles. Cort has served as class president his sophomore, junior and senior years. He is a member of the National Honor Society. He has been secretary for his school's Future Business Leaders of America Club and vice president of the Science Club. Last year Cort was named history student of the year by the Daughters of the American Revolution. …

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