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Plainville High School Student Attends National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine

When asked what Plainville High School Senior Jaclyn Neveu did on her summer vacation, she enthusiastically recalls her attendance at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/Medicine) in Wellesley, Massachusetts. "NYLF only selects high achieving students from around the world to attend their forums, so when I found out that Mr. Girard nominated me to attend last October, I was thrilled," explained Neveu. According to Plainville High School Science Instructor John Girard, Jaclyn's nomination was based on her strong academic and leadership skills. "Jaclyn's leadership in the Bio-medical Club last year, in addition to her outstanding work ethic and intelligence made her an easy selection," said Girard.

Over the course of the ten day forum, Neveu underwent specialized training in medicine, attended meetings with leaders of the local medical community, and explored hospitals, clinics, and other public health centers. In addition, she participated in a series of fast-paced simulations covering the span of modern medicine including ethics, disaster response, and the residency match program. Hands on experiences and discussions with seasoned medical professionals offered a comprehensive exploration of the medical field. During the culminating event, a public health symposium, Neveu and fellow scholars developed a solution to a public health problem in their local communities and presented their findings to a panel of local health professionals.

"I had the time of my life at the forum. I met some amazing people and made friends from around the world. The forum gave me insight into the medical world and I now know for sure, after studying and learning this summer, that I definitely want to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant in college," said Neveu.

"We are proud of Jaclyn's accomplishments and applaud her hard work in her chosen field. The school would also like to thank Mr. Girard for providing these types of opportunities to our students," commented Plainville High School Principal Greg Ziogas.

-Posted on October 6, 2008 at 03:42 PM

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