TWIN FALLS • Sead “Seiko” Muradbegovic doesn’t flinch when he sees a needle or a patient on a gurney.
That’s because the 18-year-old spent nearly 200 hours volunteering and job shadowing at a doctor’s office and St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center.
His goal is to become a doctor. In the fall, he’ll start at the College of Idaho, studying biology and health sciences.
And he dreams of attending an Ivy League medical school.
“I feel like if anything’s possible,” he said. “Why not go for it?”
Muradbegovic and about 200 classmates are graduating from Canyon Ridge High School Wednesday night.
Throughout high school, he took honors and dual-credit courses. He’s graduating as valedictorian, with a 4.0 GPA.
His favorite teachers include Jeremy Belliston, a social studies teacher and student council adviser. And he enjoys thinking analytically about class material, instead of just memorizing facts.
Muradbegovic is intelligent and has an unbelievable work ethic, said Kenley Nebeker, his economics and government teacher.
“He’s probably one of the brightest kids I’ve taught,” Nebeker said, adding he also plans ahead and writes at a high college level.
Muradbegovic isn’t afraid to ask questions and can express his thoughts well, Nebeker said. “He’s always wanting to learn more.”
Outside of the classroom, Muradbegovic was on the cross-country and track teams, and was selected as team captain.
And throughout high school, he spent more than 150 hours volunteering at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center.
He delivered flowers to patient rooms and helped visitors find their way around the hospital.
“It really got me accustomed to the medical environment,” he said.
Muradbegovic was engaging with everyone he met, said Kim Patterson, volunteer services manager at St. Luke’s Magic Valley.
“I know visitors and patients appreciated such a helpful volunteer,” she wrote in an email to the Times-News.
For his senior project, Muradbegovic spent 45 hours over the summer job-shadowing Dr. Jonathan Tripp, a family physician.
By juggling academics, volunteer work and sports, Muradbegovic learned a lot about himself.
“The entire process of high school,” he said, “is discovering who you are.”