Born and raised in Brewton, Alabama, John West graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama’s Honors Program in 2017, where he majored in chemical engineering and minored in biology. As an undergraduate, John participated in two Research Experience for Undergraduate programs studying graphite ore purification, and he served as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama. ¬†After serving with Impact America, John plans to attend medical school.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

One summer while I was in high school, I went on a family vacation to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I will never forget how beautiful it was there or how people would feed French Fries to the huge iguanas that roamed the resort.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know that I like to bake in my spare time. I have a taste for sweets, and the chemistry of baking is fascinating.