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Baumann chooses Gorrindo for special scholarship

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Aimee Baumann, a 1996 graduate of Douglas High School, graduated cum laude with dual degrees in chemistry and French literature from Cornell University this spring. She was awarded the Corson French Prize for the most distinguished essay in French literature and the American Institute of Chemistry Award. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

She was one of 10 recipients of the Merrill Award from Cornell’s College of Arts and Science, which graduated 2,000 students. Thirty students from the entire university received the award. It recognized students for their academic achievement and the teachers who inspired them.

Baumann attended a luncheon May 22 and could invite the college professor and high school teacher who were the most inspirational and influential to her. She chose Lyn Gorrindo, Douglas High School chemistry teacher, as well as Mme. Irene Day of Cornell’s Department of French Literature.

As part of the prize, the Lyn Gorrindo Scholarship will be given to a student from Northern Nevada who wants to attend Cornell and needs financial assistance. It is a one-time scholarship for $4,000.

“Selecting a recipient for the Merrill Award was difficult,” Baumann said, “since I had a number of excellent teachers at Douglas High, but I ultimately chose Ms. Gorrindo because my initial interest in a chemistry degree was due in large part to my experiences in her AP chemistry class.”

Baumann said Gorrindo makes science interesting and accessible to students, and her teaching and laboratory policies encourage scientific curiosity.

Gorrindo was unable to attend the luncheon, but Baumann read a 400-word tribute to her at the event.

Baumann will enter Washington University, St. Louis Medical School in August.