Whiz Kid's Name and Age: Alie Collins, 17
Whiz Kid's School:
Whiz Kid's Accomplishment: Alie is a starter for Parkville's varsity soccer team, putting in extraordinary amounts of work as a forward on the field and also in the classroom.
More impressively, she has managed to keep up with athletics and studies despite trying medical circumstances. Alie requires a kidney transplant as a result of chronic kidney failure, and hopes to have the procedure within the next year.
Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness:
Alie's soccer coach, Shanley Rose Crutchfield, describes her as a hard worker and oustanding player.
Because of the expense of a kidney transplant, Alie, her family and her friends have been holding holding benefit functions to raise money for the procedure.
She does have a living kidney donor, who is a family friend. Alie said she's grateful that she knows her donor because often kidney recipients never get to meet their donors.
Alie intends to graduate from Parkville High School with the Class of 2012 and plans to attend the Community College of Baltimore County for two years while she makes up her mind about a major. At this point, Alie is interested in going into the engineering field.
If you'd like to find out more about Alie Collins, or attend one of her benefit events, please feel free to check out her National Transplant Assistance Fund web page.
Did your local soccer team take the championship? Know a great kid who made Eagle Scout? He or she may be our next Patch Whiz Kid honoree.
Each week, Parkville-Overlea Patch will seek suggestions from readers for individual kids, youth groups, teens and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments. We want to hear about these amazing children and teens, and will select one each week as the Patch Whiz Kid. Submit your nomination in our comment box below or e-mail the information to editor Nick Gestido. Be sure to include all of the following information:
● Nominator's Name
● Nominator's E-mail
● Whiz Kid's Name
● Whiz Kid's Age
● Whiz Kid's School
● Whiz Kid's Accomplishment
● Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness (what made him/her successful?)
If your nominee is selected, we'll contact you and assign a photographer to take a photo.