Senior Mikayla Griffin Named 2017 John Fisher Citizen Scholar!
The Bucks County Courier Times has presented the 22nd annual John Fisher Citizen Scholar Award to 33 outstanding local graduates who are shining examples of personal achievement and community involvement. CEC Senior Mikayla Griffin was honored to be included on this list!
“I’ve always loved the idea of being able to help people,” Mikayla said. In eighth grade, Mikayla was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.
She remembers feeling fearful at the prospect of managing a lifelong medical condition. “It’s definitely scary at first, but it turned me into who I am today, and it’s given me many more opportunities than I would have thought.”
In the fall, Mikayla will begin a five-year physician’s assistant program at DeSales University. She hopes to work in pediatrics role in a gastrointestinal specialist’s office or a hospital emergency room.
The Newtown Township teen is the 10th of 11 children. She looks to her sister, Michelle, as a mentor. Born with only one fully developed arm, Michelle is an intensive care unit nurse at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Mikayla said. “She’s never let it stop her,” Mikayla said, of the disability. “She’s always been an inspiration.”
Mikayla carries a 4.0 grade point average and is the valedictorian of the Class of 2017. Mikayla plays Field Hockey and Lacrosse, is a member of the National Honor Society, is a four year Spirit Night Dancer and participates in service projects at both St. Andrew’s Church and here at CEC.
Last year, the teen was selected to participate in a 10-week program at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. At its research lab, she studied cancer genes in flies and then presented her findings to a panel of PhDs. “I didn’t make any groundbreaking discoveries, but I hope it helped put the research forward in some small way,” she said.
Mikayla also is enrolled at Holy Family University, where she is working through general education college courses.
“Mikayla is a wonderfully driven, compassionate and intelligent young woman. She represents our school well and uses her time and talent to serve our school and her community,” said guidance counselor Nicole Salvatore.