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Wednesday October 27th 2021

From the fields of Ethiopia to Cornell


Wheaton senior one of six county students to win Gates Scholarship.

Wheaton High senior Leuk Woldeyohannes has been around medicine all his life.

As a young boy growing up in Ethiopia, he visited rural hospitals in Africa’s vast countryside with his parents, both doctors performing charity medical work. And when his mother got sick and eventually died from breast cancer, 9-year-old Leuk was by her side.

Then, when his family moved to the states two years ago to give Woldeyohannes and his older brother a chance at a better education, Woldeyohannes saw a chance to come into his own. He joined Wheaton High’s bioscience academy, earned a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute internship to research autism in mice and recently won a Gates Millennium Scholarship award that will pay for his four years of tuition to study medicine at Cornell University in New York… Read More

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