CLARK, NJ--Arthur L. Johnson High School announced Sophia Bizink as the May Crusader of the Month for her high level of participation in many school organizations. Bizink has been the Drum Major for the ALJ Marching Band, President of the Science Olympiad, Vice President of the Spanish National Honor Society, an active member of all ALJ Music ensembles and of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
" Being an active member of these organizations allowed me to establish connections with peers who share similar interests that I feel passionate about,” said Bizink.
This fall, Bizink heads to the Honors STEM Program at Kean University where she plans on earning a Biotechnology & Molecular Biology STEM 5-year B.S./M.S.
She explained, “During the summer of 2019, I was selected to participate in a rigorous, hands on scientific research program at Kean University STEM.” In those six weeks, she conducted authentic laboratory research in the field of Analytical Chemistry alongside accomplished professors, research assistants, and seven other students. "All, with whom I formed an instant bond with,” added Bizink, “The process of research inspired me to have an impact on society with hopes of discovering remedies for infectious diseases.”
When asked about her key to success, Bizink responded, “Out of all my top priorities, my education plays a very important role to my future success. Everyday, I am striving to work hard, even if I have some setbacks along the way. I strongly believe in the saying 'mistakes are proof that you are trying' because there is always room to reevaluate your mistakes and come back strong the next time.”
Bizink is most proud of her final marching band performance, “I felt a surge of pride for my school community and for being an integral member of my band family.” Although she spends most of her time on her commitment to all aspects of the ALJ Music Program, in her spare time she enjoys walks with her dog, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends.
Bizink explained what an impact the ALJ Music Program had on her. “Although our music program is small in size, I gained some of the most supportive brothers and sisters as my second family,” she said. “I am eternally appreciative and will miss the role that my music education has played in my life over the course of many years. As I continue to move forward in my educational career with a pursuit in the field of scientific research, my involvement in the ALJ music program has shown me to meet new challenges with a positive and hard-working attitude.”
She is particularly grateful to the music director, Mr. Romano who “provided me with an unforgettable opportunity to lead the ALJ Marching Band as the Drum Major. As a reserved, shy, and inherently introverted person, this role has allowed me to be confident as a leader in a way I had never expected and will always remember.”
Bizink shared how was impressed she was with Mrs. Samitt’s science classes. “She inspired me to go above and beyond whatever I thought possible. She truly gave me the motivation and direction toward choosing a career path in the sciences.”
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