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Roane County's Platfoot recipient of UT-Battelle scholarship
Mark Platfoot of Roane County High School is recipient of the 2007 UT-Battelle Scholarship. Platfoot has a 3.97 grade point average and plans a career in nuclear engineering. The UT-Battelle scholarship awards $5,000 annually for four years to the child of an employee of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (hi-res image)
Platfoot, who has a 3.97 grade point average, has participated in math, science and scholars bowls and plans to pursue a career in nuclear engineering. Platfoot plays the tuba in the marching and concert bands. In addition, he earned a green belt from Keko's Academy of Martial Arts and is an Eagle Scout in the Kingston Boy Scout Troop 101.
Academically, Platfoot received accolades for earning outstanding scores in advanced placement calculus and numerous other classes. One teacher considers him to be in the top 2 percent of students he has taught in the last 10 years.
In his essay, Platfoot writes that it is one of his goals to be among the people who help bring the United States into a new age of energy. "I plan to use my career in nuclear engineering to improve the general American's lifestyle by helping to use a tested, reliable energy source to reduce the cost of energy," he writes.
The UT-Battelle scholarship is a competitive award presented annually to the child of an employee of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The scholarship is awarded in $5,000 annual increments over a four-year period to an outstanding graduating high school student who plans to study science, mathematics or engineering at the University of Tennessee.
Platfoot is the son of John Platfoot and Rosemary Mattson of Kingston. His father is a member of the Nuclear and Radiological Protection Division.
UT-Battelle manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Department of Energy.