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  • Brianna Banting was the valedictorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, and she will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.
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    Brianna Banting was the valedictorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, and she will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.
  • Brianna Banting was the valedictorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, and she will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.
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    Brianna Banting was the valedictorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, and she will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.

From Bruin To Terrapin: Brianna Banting Heads To UMD

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June 27, 2018

For Brianna Banting, her two passions fall on opposite ends of the right-brain and left-brain spectrum.

Her right-brained side was involved in many musical organizations throughout high school, while her left-brained side is ready to take on a biochemistry major in college.

“There are actually a surprising number of similarities between being a musician and being a scientist,” Banting said.

Banting, who was the valedictorian of Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, is set to attend the University of Maryland, College Park, in the fall. While in high school, she was involved in a variety of honor societies: National Honor Society, math, English, Spanish and Tri-M, the music honor society.

A huge staple of Banting’s high school career was her involvement in different musical groups. Banting plays the viola, and she was part of Broadneck’s orchestra, as well as the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Annapolis Young Artists Program.

One of the groups Banting played with performed monthly concerts at the Light House Shelter.

“Sometimes there will be little kids there, and they’ll come up and play our instruments,” Banting said. “But the people there are always so happy to see us, which is nice.”

In addition to viola, Banting has also taken piano lessons.

Banting received the University of Maryland’s Banneker/Key Scholarship, which is only offered to a select group of incoming students.

“It made my decision of where I was going to go a lot easier,” Banting said. “Maryland’s a good choice, and I’m happy to be going there. The fact that I got the scholarship will open up a lot more doors for me at the school.”

As a biochemistry major, Banting wants to go into the neuroscience field, specifically focusing on trauma research. She was able to do an internship at the Children’s National Neuroscience Research Lab, which is when she decided on her future career. As an intern, Banting worked as a lab assistant, running tests and analyzing data.

While at the University of Maryland, Banting plans to join a non-majors orchestra to keep up with the viola.

Through her activities, Banting has one key takeaway that will stick with her: “People want to feel like they’re noticed. Everyone just wants to feel like someone’s listening to them.”


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