Carolina Forest student attends national conference for future medical leaders

After more than 40 years in Horry County classrooms, Ruthie Warren has developed an eye for talent.

So the Carolina Forest High School teacher wasn’t surprised when Jade Gambill was chosen to participate in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, a summer program of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

Held in Boston, the annual conference of top high school students allows those aspiring young leaders to meet Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science winners. Gambill was the lone Horry County Schools student selected for the program.

“It is so unique to have a student, in AP literature, that is one of my best students in the class, that has such a passion for a STEM, a science program,” Warren said. “Jade can go from talking about the evolution of brain cells to existentialism in a heartbeat. She always pays attention in class and she always is ready not only with an answer, but with a well thought out opinion. To say she is well rounded is an understatement.”

Gambill said the trip allowed her to explore many interests in a short time.

“The conference lasted one weekend and it could’ve lasted a year,” she said. “It really inspired me to see that there is so much out there to learn and so many people that want to support kids like me.”

After graduation, Gambill wants to attend Duke University. Her ultimate goal is to become a neuroscientist and work in Alzheimer’s research.

“It is such a dreadful disease,” she said. “As someone who finds so much pleasure in reading and writing, I understand how horrible it would be to not only lose control of yourself, but of your memories. I hope someone is able to find the cure soon, but if not I hope that I’ll be able to do something.”

For Gambill, the conference provided many highlights.

“There are just too many to name,” she said. “Meeting scientists from all over, explaining their processes and how they were able to create or discover life-altering things for people around the world was just amazing. It was very inspiring to see so many fellow high school students there as well. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one that wants to go into this type of field, but finding other students, my age want to do the same thing was really cool.”

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