If Michael Mgbemena has to single out one thing he likes about math, he says it is the fact that there is no ambiguity about the answer to an equation.
"You don't have multiple answers," said Mgbemena, 18, a senior at Riverdale High School. "You're working towards one answer."
According to Mgbemena, he is pretty sure he has already found that one answer to the age-old "What do you want to be when you grow up?" question that is so often posed to children when they are growing up. He said he wants to follow in his parents' footsteps, and work in the medical field.
His father, Jacob Mgbemena, is a pharmacist, and his mother, Evelyn Mgbemena, is a nurse at Southern Regional Medical Center, he said. Michael Mgbemena, though, said his goal is to become a doctor. "I'm leaning towards being a surgeon," he said.
But, those dreams are still an undergraduate degree and a stint in medical school away from where he is right now. In the present, Michael Mgbemena is Riverdale's STAR student for the 2009-2010 school year.
The STAR Student is heavily involved in the Riverdale High School community. He played offensive tackle on the football team, while also being a member of the school's BETA Club, Science Club, Math Club, Future Business Leaders of America organization, Health Occupation Student Association, and the school's Elite Scholars group. He is also the vice president of Riverdale's National Honor Society chapter.
And, while he juggles memberships in all of those groups, he has maintained a 4.19 grade-point average.
The younger Mgbemena has not yet chosen which college he will attend next year, but he has narrowed the choice to four schools: Duke University, Emory University, Harvard University and the University of Georgia. "Right now, I'm thinking Duke, but I'm not really sure, yet," he said.
The STAR Student said he picked Riverdale literature teacher, Holly Carver, as his STAR Teacher, because she has been a source of advice for him about how to pick a college to attend.