HISD students attend Congress of Future Medical Leaders

HISD students attend Congress of Future Medical Leaders
Posted on 10/13/2017

STEM Early High School students Thomas Rivera (sophomore) and Prudenciano Diaz (junior) were selected to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Mass. as delegates this past June. Junior Defranco Sarabia also served as a delegate in the summer of 2016.

All three students were nominated by their teachers to attend based on their leadership potential and academic excellence. As an honors-only program, the annual gathering aims to inspire, motivate and direct the nation’s top high school students to become the next generation of leaders.

During the three-day event, the students enjoyed learning from a diverse group of young leaders, who all shared the same message: start now.

“It was an amazing learning experience,” Prudenciano said, who is interested in a career in artificial intelligence. “The speakers shared their best tips with us and told us to start now, plan and stay focused in whatever we are doing. It was good to hear from them because they were just in our spot a couple of years ago.”

For Defranco, interacting with other students from around the country helped him gain a new outlook on life. He hopes to go to college and own his own business one day.

“I got to meet a lot of people, talk to them, and understand their life perspective,” Defranco added. “I learned that procrastination can be a major setback with everything in life.”

The students also had the opportunity to hear from Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners, as well as learn about the cutting-edge advances and the future of medicine and medical technology.

After the conference, Thomas felt inspired to pursue a degree in biomedical science.

“I think it’s a cool experience for all students. It definitely helps you get motivated to think about your future,” Thomas concluded.


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