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Proviso West Junior Attends Medical Conference

December 18, 2014 03:25 PM
A Proviso West High School junior attended the National Academies’ Congress of Future Medical Leaders at the Armory in Washington, D.C., November 14 to 16.
Kennedy Reed was among the 4,600 students from across the country and 11 international schools to attend the conference, which featured speeches from notables including Dr. Boris Lushniak, former acting U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institute of Health; and Dr. Michael Barratt, an astronaut with NASA. Attendees discussed the current leading medical research, received advice on what they can expect in medical school, heard stories from patients who are considered living medical miracles, and learned more about cutting-edge technology and the future in medical technology.
"I learned that everything should lead to what you want to be," Kennedy said. "They said to keep working at what I’m doing and you’ll get through."
The National Academies promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, with the Congress of Future Medical Leaders designed to bring leaders in the engineering and medical fields together. For a high school student to be accepted into the National Academies, they need to have at least a 3.5 grade point average, show leadership potential, and express an interest in the medical and technology profession.
Kennedy averaged a 4.6 weight grade point average during her first two years of high school, and she currently is taking advanced placement courses in U.S. history and English. She said that she wants to learn more about science and math.
"I love science and I love math," said Kennedy, who was nominated for the conference by Mr. Charles Jalove, a Proviso West guidance counselor. "Math always excites me and the medical field involves math."
Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that he was proud of the steps that Kennedy, who is aspiring to be an engineer or a pediatrician, is taking to further her education.
"We encourage all of our students to work hard to pursue their passion," he said. "We are proud of Kennedy for her accomplishments, and we look forward to continuing to see her excel."
Congratulations, Kennedy! 


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