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Local hospital awards scholarship to Cooper

By Lauren Blankenship

Beauregard Daily News

A DeRidder High school graduate has received a scholarship for medical school from the Beauregard Health System.

Andrew Cooper just finished his undergraduate degree in Biology from Baylor with honors and is off to LSU Shreveport medical school with the help of the local hospital.

For Cooper, going to medical school was always a part of his life plan.

“I remember telling my parents when I was like five years old that I was going to be a doctor. It was never really a decision. I’ve just always wanted to do it.” Cooper said.

Attending Baylor after high school in DeRidder, Cooper spoke about the humbling experience that was his college career.

“I had a blast at Baylor, but there is definitely a huge gap in difficulty between high school and college which required an adjustment of my study habits.

“It was also really humbling being around people who could just breeze through their classes with no effort.” Cooper shared.

One of the stipulations of the scholarship awarded to Cooper is his return to DeRidder post graduation from medical school to work in the community. “I am really excited to work in DeRidder,” said Cooper.

Cooper has plans to be an emergency room physician, but is keeping his options open, “one of my biggest fears in life is being trapped in a job where nothing interesting ever happens and emergency medicine is the exact polar opposite of that.”

His parents, Aaron and Jill Cooper, expressed sentiments of how proud they are of their son and his accomplishments so far. He is the grandson of Clyde and Carolyn Clark of DeQuincy and Harriet and the late Bolivar Bishop of DeRidder.

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