Both honored students at MG want to go into medicine

MARYSVILLE – Both Students of the Month for March from Marysville Getchell High School want to enter the medical field.

Jamie Phung would like to be a pharmacist, and Ben Granger plans to be a physical therapist.

Both were selected by a panel from the Marysville Kiwanis and Soroptimist clubs Tuesday. They will receive their plaques at the school board meeting Monday night at 6:30.

Phung is active in community service as president of the school’s Key Club. You probably have seen her around town at events such as: Touch-A-Truck, Fishing Derby Pancake Breakfast, Father-Daughter Dance, Movie Night at Jennings Park and the Easter Egg Hunt. For Seattle Children’s Hospital, they made friendship bracelets, get-well cards and finger puppets.

Phung said she was “super-duper” shy as a freshmen, but working at the food bank and being involved in Key Club have helped. “The volunteers are the most-dedicated, selfless people I know,” she said the food bank workers. She said she was inspired to help others by her father, who helps people at work at Boeing and at church at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Everett.

In high school she has been on the honor society, and tennis and track teams. She is in Running Start at Everett Community College and just found out she was accepted into the University of Washington with her 3.92 grade point average.

Phung said her Key Club advisor, Jennifer McReynolds, “Made me who I am today. She showed me the potential I did not know I had. She encouraged me like a mother.” McReynolds, whose daughter is Phung’s best friend, also encouraged her to give back, just like her dad did. “We need to come together as one,” she said. “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

Granger said he knew he wanted to be a P.T. but now he knows first-hand what the job entails. The soccer standout at MG has had two surgeries on his knee after injuring it late last spring at a soccer camp. So he has been working with physical therapists for some time.

As a defender, he made the All-Wesco first team last year after being on the second team and honorable mention in previous years. He can’t play this year.

Granger has a 3.87 g.p.a. and plans to study kinesiology and history at Seattle Pacific University.

In high school he is involved in ASB as treasurer this year, vice president last year, and as a cabinet member his sophomore year. He’s also on the honor roll.

For community service he mostly helps his mom, who started the Snohomish Book Cafe in 2013.

Granger said a number of the low-income families they help are non-English speakers. Granger said he didn’t used to be a people person, but that program helped him come out of his shell.

He said he found out that he “enjoyed helping people, and it helped him improve himself, too.”

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