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The family of Marshall County High School senior Alex Shaverin emigrated to the United States from Russia more than six years ago and, as you might expect, the big move launched a “unique journey” for the young student.

“We all came here. My whole family moved in 2015… and no one in my family knew English,” he said.

Now, years later, Shaverin is fluent in English. He helps his family with various responsibilities, such as translating documents, making phone calls, and meeting siblings and parents. The family came from the city of St. Petersburg and settled in western Kentucky.

“We landed at John F. Kennedy (International) Airport with 10 large bags full of whatever we could bring,” he wrote in a personal statement. “What happened next was the start of a unique journey full of new cultures, issues and social environments.”

For his future, the 18-year-old shared that he wants to study biomedical engineering after high school.

“I was mostly inspired by looking at career areas in general and things like that, and trying to see how I can apply myself. And especially after taking AP biology and chemistry classes, I discovered the passion for science,” Shaverin said.

Shaverin still hasn’t decided which university he will attend after graduation, as he is still awaiting certain decisions from the schools.

“Where I’m going to go from (undergraduate studies), I could go to medical school or get my master’s degree and then try to start my engineering company and try to solve some problems,” he said. .

Shaverin, son of Anna Shaverina and Anatolii Shaverin of Benton, is Paducah Bank’s Teen of the Week.

Every Tuesday, The Sun publishes stories about area high school students who have been chosen from a pool of nominees for Teen of the Week recognition. Toward the end of the school year, a selection committee will nominate one of these students as Teen of the Year, who carries a $5,000 scholarship. Another student will receive the Inspiration Prize and a $1,000 scholarship.

In Marshall County, Shaverin earned a cumulative weighted GPA well over 4.0. He is also an AP Scholar and participated in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholarship Program last summer.

Shaverin played on the school men’s soccer team. He is involved in student council as treasurer, Young Americans for Freedom, and Interact Club. He stays busy with different jobs, including landscaping work.

Football is a special interest for him. In Russia, Shaverin explained that he had played in different teams, but when his family moved to the United States, Shaverin chose football as his main sporting activity, which he says is probably one of the best decisions he made.

“That’s where I made my first friends – on the college football team, and I stayed friends with them all through high school, and that’s kind of a bond you’ll only get in no other activity,” he said. “A team is much more than a regular organization. It’s kind of a community, a family where everyone supports you and it’s really nice to have someone like that, especially after you’ve practically started your own life over again at the age of 12.

Shaverin also noted the support from the student section.

“Home games, away games – they are always there,” he added.

“A big part of the sport is support and the community you’re in, and I mean, Marshall County has nothing but a big involvement from the student section. I think anyone what a great game, or any game at all, was awesome just because of the fans in the student section, and I think that would probably be my fondest memories – of having to see all the people come out and support a team as a whole.”

Shaverin said he was enjoying his senior year of high school and his community activities. He looks forward to what’s next, but he’s in no rush to leave, noting that he was welcomed and accepted with “wide open arms.”

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