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VERSES: Africa  

Megan Heimermann 2014
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Africa by Maya Angelou

Thus she had lain 
sugercane sweet 
deserts her hair 
golden her feet 
mountains her breasts 
two Niles her tears. 
Thus she has lain 
Black through the years.

Over the white seas 
rime white and cold 
brigands ungentled 
icicle bold 
took her young daughters 
sold her strong sons 
churched her with Jesus 
bled her with guns. 
Thus she has lain.

Now she is rising 
remember her pain 
remember the losses 
her screams loud and vain 
remember her riches 
her history slain 
now she is striding 
although she has lain.


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Megan Heimermann

My name is Megan Heimermann and I shall be graduating from Hartford Union High School this year. Throughout high school I have been highly involved with running, beginning with cross country freshman year. I continued cross country all four years of high school, being a captain my senior year, and did track as well, but focused more on sprinting and hurdling. Recently, I completed my first half marathon, and will be doing another one in May.

Along with running, I have been a member of National Honors Society for the last two years, and have done volunteer work throughout the community. In addition, I participated in a work camp through St. Killian's my junior year and traveled to South Dakota. The summer after senior year I will also be be participating in work camp and will be traveling to Pennsylvania. Senior Year I also joined Students Modeling a Research Topic (SMART) team. Through this I have worked on protein research and modeling with my team members, a medical researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and students at MSOE who have made 3D models of our work for us. We will also be going to a conference in San Diego through this activity to integrate our findings with people of the medical community.

I have had an inclination the science, especially in the health field the past couple years, and this spark has been kindled through my involvement of the PLTW classes HUHS offers. I hope to further continue and develop my learning and expertise in the medical field the next couple years in college at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, getting an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. Following that, I'd like to go on to Graduate School to do research, and eventually get a job in the medical field. 


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