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Somerset County Vocational Technical High School

Somerset County Vocational Technical High School

This past June, Sandra Raju of Hillsborough, a senior in the Academy for Health & Medical Sciences at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School in Bridgewater, attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts.

At the Congress, Raju had the opportunity to watch live surgery and ask questions to the surgeon in real time, and be among some of the most highly accomplished doctors in the world. In addition, she was presented an Award of Excellence from SCVTHS Principal Diane Ziegler, certifying her successful completion of the Congress.

WNY’s Great Kids: Teen Makes Paper Flowers for Roswell Park

WHEATFIELD, NY- Daybreak’s “Great Kid” for the week is a student from Niagara-Wheatfield who noticed something was lacking at Roswell Park, and used her time and creativity to craft a solution.

Sarah LoCurto, a 15-year-old high school Junior, is a straight A student, who’s a competitive dancer, and is always volunteering. But Sarah felt deep down she wanted to contribute more.

“I had been what can I do to get involved in the fight against cancer? What can I do to raise awareness, to help out,” said Sarah.

The answer came to Sarah when she learned her family friend, Charlene Weishaupt, couldn’t have any fresh flowers while receiving cancer treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute because they posed a health risk.

“What if we made ones out of paper?,” she thought. “Because that eliminates the health risk and you still have beautiful paper flowers you can deliver to the patients.”

So since April, she’s sat at the kitchen table with her mother working on the flowers. They spend at least 30 minutes per flower, and they stopped counting when they made 300.

“I’m really just hoping it brightens peoples day. Flowers have been proven to help emotional and mental states, so I’m hoping the paper ones do just that,” said Sarah.

Soon enough Sarah had a garden growing in her family room. And it was time to pack up the flowers and deliver them.

“I really cannot wait to see the reaction from the patients and their families who really aren’t expecting anything,” she said.

The answer came to Sarah when she learned her family friend, Charlene Weishaupt, couldn’t have any fresh flowers while receiving cancer treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute because they posed a health risk.

“What if we made ones out of paper?,” she thought. “Because that eliminates the health risk and you still have beautiful paper flowers you can deliver to the patients.”

So since April, she’s sat at the kitchen table with her mother working on the flowers. They spend at least 30 minutes per flower, and they stopped counting when they made 300.

“I’m really just hoping it brightens peoples day. Flowers have been proven to help emotional and mental states, so I’m hoping the paper ones do just that,” said Sarah.

Soon enough Sarah had a garden growing in her family room. And it was time to pack up the flowers and deliver them.

“I really cannot wait to see the reaction from the patients and their families who really aren’t expecting anything,” she said.

Finally, delivery day came last week. They brought hundreds of unique paper flowers to Roswell Park’s Resource Center.

“Chemotherapy, infusion center, they can go to radiation, into patients rooms,” said Resource Center Coordinator Martha Hickey. “All of our volunteers can pass them out, just spread the love and the joy that was made when they were all created.”

Denise Filosofos, who is a breast cancer survivor and happens to be a friend of Charlene’s, was the first flower recipient.

“Char would be extremely happy,” said Filosofos.

Sarah’s mother couldn’t be more proud of her daughter.

“She said to me ‘I just want them to know hope is blooming.’ So I thought it was just profound when she said that,” said Kim LoCurto, Sarah’s mom.

Sarah’s calling the charity “Because Char Smiled” after her inspiration who recently lost her battle to cancer. Her legacy will live on through these flowers.

“We really wanted to embody who she was and what she was to people. Being like a beacon of light, a sense of hope and that’s what we’re trying to be to other people,” said Sarah.

Sarah’s list of extra-curricular activities include dance competitions, studying for Regents exams, Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Pre-Pharmacy Camp and Camp Neuro at UB, Camp Broadway at Shea’s, researching proteins at Hauptman-Woodward Institute, concert choir and vocal jazz in school, Vice-President of National Honor Society, student choreographer for the school musical, Interact Club, Performing and Visual Arts Society,  and Y Roswell, and through all of that, she found time to make the paper flowers.

Students attend leadership conferences

Four Wilton High School students attended conferences hosted by the National Leadership Academies in Boston this past summer.

Current seniors Natalie Ivanov and Benjamin Fawcett and current junior Allisandra Passaniti attended the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, while current sophomore Anthony Cascello attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.

The National Leadership Academies supports America’s high-achieving high school students through career and focus-area programs and services.

During the conferences, students are mentored by luminaries of their fields, as well as leaders from government and the public sector.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence

News ImageThe National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence presents Kylea Michael, Sophomore at Huntland High, with an award of excellence for her outstanding academic performance,leadership, and dedication to humanity through the profession of medicine during her studies in Boston, Massachusetts this summer. Presenting her award is Principal Bishop.

Deer Park Students Honored For Potential In Science And Medicine

Deer Park Students Honored For Potential In Science And Medicine

DEER PARK-NORTH BABYLON, NY – From the Deer Park School District: Deer Park High School senior James Raymond and junior Domenico Recine were recently presented with awards of excellence for their outstanding participation in science conferences held this summer in Boston. Raymond attended the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, while Recine attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.

Admission to these honors-only academy programs was based on the students’ high grade point averages, demonstrated leadership potential and their declared aspirations to pursue careers as physicians, scientists or technologists.

“It was a great opportunity,” said Raymond. “I learned a lot.”

“I’m really happy I went to the event and hope it helps me in the future to become a doctor,” said Recine.

Student of the Week: Madison Winter

The Student of the Week airs on during the Tuesday 10:00 News on the Montana Television Network and in brought to you by Town Pump.

Madison Winter is a senior standout at Belgrade High School. She is active in cheerleading, Honor Society, HOSA. Recently attended the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists in Boston. Madison holds a 3.8 GPA and would like to study psychology at MSU. She is the daughter of Darcy and Scott Winter.

If you would like to nominate an area high school senior for Town Pump’s Student of the Week, please contact veronica@kxlf.com

Westside senior gets a first-hand look at the medical field

Faith Smith got an insider’s look at the medical profession this summer.

The Westside High School senior, who hopes to be a brain or heart surgeon one day, was one of hundreds of students nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in June.

Smith and the other delegates heard doctors and Nobel Peace Prize winners speak, attended lecture-based sessions, participated in activities and exercises, and watched a live-stream of a real surgery, Smith said. They got a taste of the college experience by staying in college dorms.

“I always wanted to observe it more,” Smith said. “(The conference) helps me understand more about the medical field and how difficult it is to be in and the hard work.”

Smith hopes to get her undergraduate and medical degree from Emory University.

Carolina Forest student attends national conference for future medical leaders

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Jade Gambill with her teacher Mrs. Ruthie Warren

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.”

Kinley Deming receives The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence!

Magnolia High School would like to recognize Kinley Deming for receiving The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence. In June, Kinley represented MHS and the State of Texas at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts. She is receiving this award for her leadership ability, high academic achievement, and dedication to serving humanity through the profession of medicine. We are very proud of her accomplishments and hard work she is putting in to learn & immerse herself in this field of study!

SHS names Homecoming King

Stephenville High School senior, Calvin Jones, has been chosen as the 2017 Homecoming King.

Calvin is a part of NHS, UIL math and the Yellow Jacket Band and Jazz Band. His greatest achievements are making the area Jazz Band bass trombone spot, making a 1 at state with his trombone trio and being a drum major of the Yellow Jacket Band. Calvin hope to go to UNT and be a music major with the hopes of performing music or making music for video games. Calvin is the son of Jeremy and Ginger Jones.

The other Homecoming King nominees were Blake Aragon, Cole Pettit, Aaron Stufflebean and Cristobal Tinajero.

Blake Aragon is a member of the varsity football, basketball and track teams. As a captain of the football team, he participates in reading hour at the local elementary school. Blake is also a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ. Blake was the 2017 gold medalist in the 4A state high-jump and field MVP. Blake plans to attend college and play football while pursuing a degree in business. He is the son of Anthony and Maggie Hill.

Cole Pettit is actively involved in many sports including football, basketball, baseball and track. He is also a member of NHS, Spanish Honor Society and Student Council. Cole has been named to the second team all-district in basketball, was the 2017 Yellow Jacket defensive player of the year in basketball and has received Academic All-District in all sports. Cole plans to attend Texas A&M University. He is the son of Cliff and Vickie Pettit.

Aaron Stufflebean has been heavily involved in multiple things. His junior year he was the vice president of HOSA and is now the Science Club Treasurer. In 2016, he became an official Leadership Ambassador, and received the Award of Excellence from The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists in Boston, Massachusetts. Aaron has taken home two first place medals in Tennis with his partner Lucy Tackett. Aaron’s future plans are to attend Texas Christian University and study pre-med in hopes of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. He is the son of Doug and Lisa Stufflebean.