In many regards, University of Pennsylvania sophomore Michael Keramidas is a typical college student, clad in a T-shirt and jeans, with a quick smile and a buzz cut. He was No. 1 in his high school class and applied to 15 colleges.
In high school, he participated in dozens of activities, including mock trial, student council, speech league, quiz team and more. He worked in the district office of his long-time state representative. During high school summers, Keramidas attended leadership camps, most recently at Cornell University.