Savannah Lusk, from Covel, will graduate with a degree in exercise physiology. She is a member of the Helvetia Honorary, Chimes Junior Honorary Society, the WVU chapter of Our Children, Our Future, Model United Nations Club, Mortar Board Honorary, and has served at the 2016-17 alternate Mountaineer Mascot.
She volunteers her time to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Rosenbaum Family House, serves as a Girl Scout volunteer, and serves as a coach with the Mountaineer Soccer League in Morgantown, among various other service projects.
One of her most meaningful accomplishments occurred during her freshmen year when she collaborated with the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center to convene Helping Hands WVU, a volunteer group that continues to deliver meals and provide other services to cancer patients and their family members.
Lusk also works as a student intern with the WVU Extension Service, peer mentor and outreach ambassador for the WVU Honors College, a tutor for the Mountaineer Tutoring Network, a WVU University Relations social media ambassador, and a student events coordinator with WVUp All Night.
In 2017, she had the opportunity to travel to Uganda to study sustainable development. While there, she taught biology to students at Bujuuko High School, helped build a computer lab, and organized a soccer tournament.
She reports that traveling abroad has shaped her career path and goals as a physician and ultimately as a policymaker, in hopes of bridging the gap between science and policy to bring about positive change in West Virginia.
Lusk is also the co-creator of a lasting tribute to Katherine Johnson located in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Johnson was the first woman to desegregate WVU’s graduate school and one of the subjects in the movie “Hidden Figures.”
Lusk has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average throughout her undergraduate studies, she is the recipient of the Foundation and Fulbright Scholarships, and was named the 2017 Ms. Mountaineer.
After graduation, she hopes to teach English in Bulgaria as a Fulbright Scholar and will attend the WVU School of Medicine for her MD/MPH once she returns.