October 2019 Student of the Month
Melody Molina, Merced College DSPS counselor, is honored to nominate her student, Walker Murphy, for student of the month. Her nomination of Walker is below.
Walker is an excellent candidate for Student of the Month because of his proven resiliency and optimism in the face of adversity. When Walker was born, his life expectancy was predicted to be very short; however, he has survived against all odds. Walker has had to rely on a wheelchair his entire life yet it never prevented him from accomplishing his goals. He has a 4.0 GPA at Merced College while simultaneously attending high school, and he has completed 46 units so far at Merced College while continuing to attend high school. Additionally, Walker has been working as a tutor at the Merced College tutorial center and is always willing to help others succeed in their classes. He tutors English, Economics, and Music theory at the tutorial center.
Walker always has a positive attitude and is often referred to as the “Doogie Howser” of Merced College by other students and staff. (Doogie Howser was a fictional television character who was a medical doctor by the age of 14, had the mind of a genius, and was always concerned for others). Walker is majoring in Business and plans to transfer to Brigham Young University (BYU) or UC Merced when he graduates next May 2020 from high school and Merced College at the same time. Walker has completed his ACT exams for transfer admissions and has scored in the 95th percentile of all examinees. He plans to retake his exam so he can score even higher.
For the future, Walker would like to open his own Piano studio business someday in Merced where he can teach others how to play the piano. He has played the piano since he was a toddler. Walker has demonstrated his leadership skills and community service through his participation in the Boy Scouts. He has earned an Eagle Scout ranking last year in the Boy Scouts, which is the highest ranking possible, and is not an easy feat to achieve. It is only awarded to the Boy Scout with the most merit badges completed and takes several years to complete. Walker’s Eagle Scout project included a community service project of leading 10-15 other Boy Scouts through the Merced Cemetery to count and record the number of headstones.
Overall, Walker is a superior student, a hard worker, a caring person, and has never let his age or his disability get in the way of accomplishing his dreams. Walker will be celebrating his 17th birthday in October and being named Student of the Month would make his celebration even more spectacular.