High school students selected to participate in honors program

High school students selected to participate in honors program

Five Charles County Public high school students were selected to participate in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders held in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 14-16. The honors-only program is sponsored by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists and is available for high school students interested in pursuing careers as physicians or in medical research fields.

The students chosen to participate include Jasmyne McDuffie, senior, North Point High School; Elizabeth Pritchett, sophomore, Thomas Stone High School; Catherine Shingleton, senior, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Teriencio Solano, senior, Westlake High School; and Rainey Southworth, senior, Stone.

These students were selected to represent their respective high schools in the program based on their academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve in the field of medicine. During the Congress, attendees participated in learning sessions on medical research with Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners; received advice from deans from top medical schools about what they can expect if they attend medical school; and learned about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

The goal of the event is to inspire and motivate students to create a plan that will enable them to pursue their goals towards pursuing a career in the medial field. McDuffie is enrolled in several Advanced Placement (AP) courses at North Point and plans to study forensic pathology after she graduates. Pritchett is a student in the biomedical sciences program at Stone and plans to study an area in the medical field after she graduates. Shingleton is interested in pursuing a career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related field and is in the process of applying to several colleges and universities.

Solano plans to study computer engineering and is in the process of applying to his top six preferred colleges and universities. Southworth is enrolled in several AP courses at Stone and plans to study marine science after she graduates. She hopes to attend the University of South Carolina or the University of North Carolina.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists offers free services and programs to students who plan to pursue a career in medical science. Future programs planned for the coming year include opportunities for students to be mentored by physicians and medical students, and communication for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships and career guidance.

For more information, visit www.FutureDocs.com.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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