Salisbury High All-County Scholar Matt Washko

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 5, 2016

Editor’s note: Matt Washko’s profile was not included in the 2016 All-County Scholars feature in Friday’s graduation section.

Matthew Franklin Washko of Salisbury High School is the son for Dr. Ken and Nancy Washko of Salisbury. He will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to major in chemistry with plans to become a doctor and help many people.

His senior project was on the weighted benefits of personal investments. He explored stock trading, bonds, and wealth advising.

He was involved in soccer, cross country, tennis and indoor track. Washko earned the Salisbury Rotary Club Outstanding Athlete Award, was All County in cross country, All Conference in cross country and track, conference champion in track, soccer, tennis and cross country.

His honors include being a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Junior Civitan, Young Conservatives and International Club. He was an AP Scholar with Distinction, STEM Scholar with Distinction, Junior Rotarian, and earned the Excellence in Community Service Award.

Outside of school, he volunteered with childhood cancer awareness with organizations like Be the Match, Make-A-Wish and Relay for Life, and worked at his church as an altar server and in the Lord’s Bounty Community Garden which provides fruits and vegetables to several organizations in the community.

His defining moment: Going back and winning a second soccer state championship as a senior starter after getting to play briefly as a sophomore in our first state championship win. “It was a great experience that I got to share with all of my teammates.”

Secret to high school success: Working hard but not stressing out and just enjoying time with my friends.

If I had $10 million: I would ask the bank for it in pennies. I’m just kidding, I would invest it to make even more and donate to charity while living a comfortable life.