It’s impressive in a small town like Humboldt, Kansas, where the pinnacle institutions of higher education are thought to be K-State and KU, to find a high-schooler whose horizons are a great deal broader, and whose biography has already put him in contact with two of this country’s elite universities.
The summer after his sophomore year Noah Johnson was invited to attend a leadership program at the University of California-Berkeley. The program was intended for teens interested in pursuing a career in medicine. It combined lectures and group study with hands-on fieldwork at an area hospital. Last month the incoming HHS senior completed a similar program, this time in “advanced medicine,” at Johns Hopkins.