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Matthew Larson was recently awarded his white medical coat from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison after his first year.

Larson grew up in Siren and graduated from Siren High School in 2013 as valedictorian of his class. His parents Carol and Rick were incredibly proud of him when they heard the news.

“I think Matt has an idea of what path he would like to continue down in the medical field but wants to wait and see where the next couple of years takes him,” Rick said.

Rick is a teacher at Siren High School and said that he and his wife, Carol, continue to be very proud of their son. He continued to say that Carol, a registered nurse with St. Croix Regional Medical Center is possibly Matt’s greatest influence.

Apparently Matt did not always want to be a doctor. After graduation in Siren he went to the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he studied Biochemistry. He earned his degree in 2018 and went on to Boston University to pursue his master’s degree.

Rick told the Sentinel while in Boston Matt applied to medical schools and eventually chose Madison.

Rick listed a number of influences of his son including teachers and coaches from Siren but insisted it was never one single person but in fact it was the combination of people that helped his son get where he is today.

He concluded, “It really does take a community.”