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Student wins scholarship

A coalition of pharmacies recently awarded scholarships to seven high school students, and of the four Virginia students selected, one is a recent graduate of Lakeland High School.

Ariel Salerno was one of the students selected for the Good Neighbor Pharmacy scholarship program.

 Lakeland High School graduate Ariel Salerno receives a Good Neighbor Pharmacy scholarship from Bennett’s Creek Pharmacy owner Chris Jones.

Lakeland High School graduate Ariel Salerno receives a Good Neighbor Pharmacy scholarship from Bennett’s Creek Pharmacy owner Chris Jones.

“I’m really glad I won this,” Salerno said. “Not a lot of people get it.”

The scholarship program was started to give back to students who were seeking to pursue higher education in the health care field.

The application process required an essay, a description of extracurricular activities and a creative selfie with the Good Neighbor Pharmacy foam finger at a participating pharmacy.

Salerno plans to major in chemistry with a minor in secondary education. The story behind her choice of major is a tale in itself.

Salerno’s 10th-grade chemistry teacher inspired her to want to major in the field, because she made the class fun. Also, her French teacher inspired her to major in secondary education because of the impromptu tutoring services she observed in her teacher’s classes.

“I’m really grateful for all the great teachers I had,” Salerno said.

Salerno plans to attend Randolph-Macon College, where she will be on the field hockey team. She also participated in soccer and swimming at Lakeland and is involved in Girl Scouts.