The Norman Transcript

October 17, 2013

Westmoore graduate participates in Cambridge summer program

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Parker Chase Lusk, 2010 Westmoore High School graduate, returned to the United States on Aug. 31 after completing a summer at the Pembroke-King’s Programme at Cambridge University in England.

To qualify for the program, Lusk, a sophomore at Brigham Young University, had to apply and be admitted directly to Cambridge University and was selected from a field of applicants from the most highly-ranked universities worldwide.

While at Cambridge, Lusk received instruction from Cambridge professors in the Oxford/Cambridge tradition of having small tutor groups with the professors. The students were encouraged to mingle and share ideas with each other.

Lusk is a Heritage Scholarship recipient at Brigham Young University and is majoring in electrical engineering, with a minor in computer science. While at Cambridge, Lusk studied philosophy, mathematics and materials science.

Before attending BYU, Lusk served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the England London South Mission, sharing his testimony of Jesus Christ.


Oklahoma Academic All-State scholar to serve 18-month mission: Samantha Woods, 2012 Westmoore High School Graduate, left on Wednesday to serve an 18-month mission in the Finland Helsinki Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Before going to Finland, Woods will spend eight weeks in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah, learning Finnish and studying the teachings of Jesus Christ.

While at Westmoore High, Woods was named a 2011 Eleanor Kirkpatrick Franco-American Fellow, 2011 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Scholar in Choral Music, 2012 National Merit Scholar Finalist, 2012 United States Youth Senate Program Top 10 Finalist for Oklahoma, and a 2012 Oklahoma Academic All-State Scholar. She also was a three-year member of the OMEA All-State Choir, and a recipient of the 2012 State Superintendent Award for Arts Excellence in choir. In addition to her academic and musical accomplishments, Woods is a graduate from the LDS Seminary religious education program. 

Following her mission, Woods will continue her studies at Brigham Young University as a Thomas S. Monson Presidential Scholar focused on international relations.