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Danielle Leahey and Danielle Jenkins, both members of the MEDQUEST program at Marist High School, served as delegates at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 29, 30 and July 1.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research.
The purpose of the event, according to their organization’s news release, is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help students reach their goal.
Leahey and Jenkins were nominated to represent Marist High School by Mrs. D’ Alessio, Director of the Marist MEDQUEST Program. The nomination was based on the students’ academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.
“Overall, I felt charged up! After hearing everyone speak, I felt inspired and focused on my plans,” said Danielle Jenkins who plans to become a forensic psychiatrist.
“All in all, it was a great experience,” Danielle Leahy, who want to be an orthopedic surgeon added.” I came back more inspired and determined than ever before to make my dreams come true.”
During the three-day event, both Leahey and Jenkins joined students from across the country to hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners speak about leading medical research. During the two-hour lunch and dinner break, students could visit and talk to the different speakers.
Ivy League and top medical school deans gave advice on what to expect in medical school. Patients who are living medical miracles and teen medical science prodigies told their stories at the conference. Others shared information on cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology. At the end of the third day, there was a dance where students were able to mingle and bond.
Both students are looking forward to the new academic year and now have a new experience to share with their fellow students.