GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - One teacher at The Georgetown School for Arts and Science said senior Lochlyn Hejl is like the Green Lantern, in that her superpower is willpower.
"I'm more of a Marvel fan than DC, so I was little shocked that she chose the Green Lantern," Hejl laughs. "But I do have a very strong drive to do things. I know that if I don't do things it might not be done. So when I see something I want done, I do try and accomplish it."
Her leaderships skills are clearly evident and she has an incredible work ethic, setting Hejl up for success. The senior strives for excellence, with the proof being the scholar received the Academic Excellence Award for her school. Only six students are selected each year for this honor.
Back in December 2015, Hejl was diagnosed with endometriosis. She described the pain that she endured as terrible.
Hejl had to undergo surgery during final exams, but she still continued to complete her studies. It is just one of the reasons she was awarded the school's highest honor.
"I really appreciative that they recognized me for that," she said.
Hejl is a take-charge kind of girl, and her peers know she can get the job done. Last year she organized the school's prom activities.
"I said, 'OK guys, we need ideas of a location, we need theme ideas, let's go!'" she said. "Starting the first day of school, I already had people trying to figure things out. It was a big deal to have a fun event like that for the school."
When she is not in the classroom reaching her full potential, she works part-time at a local pizza restaurant and volunteers at Lowcountry Physical Therapy.
As captain of the volleyball team, Hejl uses her knowledge of physical therapy to help condition her team.
Additionally, Hejl has volunteered with the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, the Black River United Way Growing Readers Program and various school fundraisers.
She is also a dedicated mentor and decorated Girl Scout, with 10 years under her belt. Her list of academic and athletic awards and accomplishments stretch far, but perhaps her most impressive award is her science fair project.
Hejl's project about stem cell research won the In Vitro Biology Award at the Lowcountry Regional Science Fair in Charleston back in April.
"The very interesting thing about them is the body is made of stem cells so you can cut them in half anyway you want and they will be able to regrow that part of their body," Hejl said about her project.
When thinking about the future, Hejl said her plans are to attend Ithaca College to become a physical therapist.
"They have a six-year bachelor and doctor combined degree program, so I want to do that so I can graduate a little bit early and start working," she said.