Zachary Coleman
Zachary Coleman
Rotary Scholar
Zach Coleman reports on freshman year at Morgantown

June 13, 2017

After graduation last year at Hurricane High School, Zach Coleman wanted to study forensic science at West Virginia University.

With a Rotary scholarship in hand, he spent a rigorous year as a Mountaineer freshman, and he returned to report at the club's weekly luncheon meeting today.

"I picked WVU." he said, "because it's one of the top in the country.

'[WVU] has a reputation as a 'party school', but a lot of people work hard -- especially in the forensics program".

He missed a couple of math classes due to illness, but took the course over and raised his grade.

"Next spring," he added, "I'll be called out to a few state crime scenes."

Classes in forensic science include biology, chemistry, crime scene investigation.

In the years ahead, Coleman will have training in areas such as fingerprinting, photography and blood analysis.

He will have several math classes to complete, and regrets that he failed to take classes an pre-calculus and statistics in high school.

"Your scholarship really helped out," he said. "I really appreciated your support."

Will he come back to Putnam County? "I will if I can get a job here," he answered.

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