SALINA — North Sevier High School graduate Jacob Lambertsen has been named valedictorian of the Southern Utah University College of Science and Engineering.
He has also been named scholar of the year of SUU, an award given to the top graduating senior who exemplifies academic success. Lambertsen gave his valedictorian speech at the America First Event Center in Cedar City, Friday, May 4, as he graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors receiving his Bachelor of Science in both biology and chemistry.
While at SUU, Lambertsen was heavily involved on campus and in the community. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, multiple honor societies, and Rural Health Scholars. Lambertsen facilitated philanthropic events that helped raise more than $80,000 for Huntsman Cancer Institute, and served as the principal investigator in an analytical chemistry research project with implications in cancer treatment.
After graduation, Lambertsen plans to enroll at Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he will undergo schooling to obtain an MD degree and become a physician.
Lambertsen said he hopes to obtain a residency in emergency medicine, internal medicine, or neurology before returning to a rural medically underserved area to practice medicine.
He is the son of Troy and Diana Lambertsen, Salina.