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Loss of Both Grandfathers to Brain Cancer Has Ron Sanders on Neurosurgeon Track

Ron Sanders of Brown Middle School is an honor student with a promising future.

The loss of both his grandfathers to brain cancer has propelled Ron Sanders to pursue a career as a neurosurgeon and help alleviate suffering associated with the disease.

The Brown Middle School seventh grader and accelerated program scholar is already blazing a path toward his professional career. In 2010, Ron earned a Gold Key (1st place) at the district Science and Engineering Fair and 2nd place at the state fair for his investigation of color and its effect on memory retention.

“Ron understands that what he does at school is his main priority,” said Ron Sanders, Jr., commenting on his son's level of maturity. “Anything that is related to school comes first on his list.”

He continues to received recognition for his leadership abilities as well. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes honored Ron, a member of both Brown Middle's baseball and basketball teams, at a banquet celebrating the life of Chick-fil-A founder, Truett Cathy. He is also member of Breakthrough Atlanta, a mentoring and guidance program for promising Atlanta middle school students.

A budding Renaissance figure, Ron maintains a 98 GPA, plays the trumpet, and enjoys cooking. “You wouldn't know it by looking at him, but Ron thinks about eating all the time!” his father laughed. Concocting sauces to accompany different cuisines is his specialty.

For your diligence and dedication, we congratulate you, Ron, as our Whiz Kid of the Week!

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