"My favorite part of being a Lausanne student is the fact that I get to be part of an amazing community where I've always felt welcome."
A Lynx and Memphian since the Fourth Grade, Martín Succar '21 has embraced the strong community aspect of Lausanne, helping him call Memphis home, a city he now gives back to proudly.
The Senior currently works with the Mariposa Project, which helps asylum-seekers passing through Memphis. The senior helps translate for those who don't speak English, gives them food and supplies and directs them to their bus departure. In 2018, Martín spent his summer working as an intern for MIFA, where he helped organize and package supplies and food for senior citizens and low-income families.
While at school, Martín is known for his natural inclination for academics and incredible test-taking abilities. The Senior was recently recognized as a 2020 College Board Hispanic Scholar, being awarded the title for ranking in the 99th percentile in a National Sample for the PSAT. Martín is also a Full Diploma IB Candidate and a National Honors Society, Chinese Society, and Science Society member.
Since Sophomore year, the Senior has been a member of the DECA club, which competes on regional and state levels in business-oriented competitions. He and classmate Jazmin Bolden '21 placed first regionally for 2019 in their category, the Entrepreneurship Challenge, earning them an entry to the state competition.
As a Full Diploma IB candidate, Martín has taken Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge, two courses the program requires of Full Diploma students. Theory of Knowledge allows candidates to take concepts from their other classes and better understand what they tell us as a society about the construct of knowledge.
"In my opinion, one of the biggest experiences that non-DP students miss out on is TOK," said Martin. "It has given me a completely new perspective into the process of learning and sharing knowledge and I've certainly benefitted from it. With the many advanced courses that it offers, I feel like the IB has given me a head start on my college experience."
Martín is currently waiting to hear back from a few colleges but is considering the University of Florida for the fall. He plans on majoring in Civil Engineering, taking the skills that he has learned from Lausanne, in and outside of the classroom, into his next journey in life.
This Senior Profile was written by Sophie Manis '21.