Aurora -- Following in the footsteps of his parents Yuri and Irina, who are research scientists for a private company, seemd natural for Michael Kuryshev.
The Aurora High School valedictorian said he became interested in science at an early age because of them.
"It was like getting a head start in your life," he said. "Science is interesting. Every invention can be explained by science. Even with everything we've discovered, there are still things we don't know. There are still a lot of possibilities."
His favorite subject in high school, naturally, was science.
In fact, Kuryshev, who became valedictorian with a 4.422 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, is headed to Duke University in the fall on an engineering scholarship and will study physical engineering.
"Duke was one of my first choices," he said. "The campus is beautiful, and it has a great engineering program."
Kuryshev said while his parents made sure he got his homework done, they never pushed studying on him. He found out at the end of the first semester in his senior year that he was in line to become the valedictorian.
He said his favorite instructor was statistics teacher Tim Baczkowski.
Kuryshev, a member of the National Honor Society and a national merit scholar, was a member of the school's science olympiad and quiz bowl.
A member of the Greenmen varsity tennis squad, he was a four-year letter winner. He also ran cross country for two years.
Kuryshev has an older sister, Ellen, a 2013 AHS graduate who is finishing her freshman year at Kent State University, and two male cats, Leo and Chernish.
In his spare time, he is a fan of Netflix films, reading and videogames in addition to watching NBA basketball.
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