Matt Townsend, Horace Greeley High School's valedictorian, is bound for Yale University in New Haven, CT, pursuing the field of medicine. Townsend is graduating with a 4.10 GPA after taking eight Advanced Placement courses at Greeley.
Townsend has always had an interest in science and health. "I like figuring out the way things work, specifically with the body. I like how there can be a right answer and the whole process of finding things out really appeals to me," he said.
Townsend, a 6'6'' power/small forward on the basketball team, will play hoops for the Yale Bulldogs at Payne Whitney Gymnasium next season. Townsend has been playing on the hardwood since the third grade.
"Ideally if I could tie in my passion for sports and I've had a couple of knee injuries along the way so that made me interested in all the orthopedic stuff. So that would be a great profession I think," Townsend said.
He had his heart set on Yale since the middle of his junior year at Greeley High due to their basketball program. "I feel in love with New Haven. I love the architecture and all the old gothic buildings there. Their coaching staff really set it apart from a basketball perspective."
Townsend, a life-long Chappaqua resident, looks forward to a different atmosphere with a much more action than Chappaqua.
"I like the urban nature of it. It's kind of a small city but it's still an urban place with things to do," Townsend said. "That appeals to me as opposed to more rural. Where maybe there is not so much going on."
At Yale University, students are clustered by their majors and stay in the same "college" for all four years, even graduating as "colleges," not together as a university. Townsend will find out later this summer in which college he will be living in at Yale.
"It's definitely a neat system," Townsend said. "You have a mini-community that you're assigned for four years which is something special I think."
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