CHS Students Honored by Medical Leadership Organization

Valley Stream Central High School students Ashley Paul and Raquel Pimentel received Awards of Excellence for their outstanding participation in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, an annual gathering sponsored by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

The Congress, held in Massachusetts over the summer, featured several experts in the medical field who served as presenters. Other speakers included winners from prominent science competitions, a professional football player and other guests.

Attendees learned about various aspects of medicine and the advancement of certain procedures. They had the opportunity to hear from a plastic surgeon and watch a liver surgery that was streamed live.

“I had a better knowledge of what I wanted to do after [the conference],” Raquel said. “It helped me and was really inspiring.” The high school senior aspires to become a nurse practitioner in the future.

“It was helpful to see what other young people are doing and how other people our age are stepping up in the field already,” said Ashley, a junior who is interested in medicine as a possible industry to pursue later on.

Ashley and Raquel are both high honor roll scholars with a range of school involvement. Ashley is a member of the Art Honor Society and plays the violin in the orchestra, and Raquel is in the Dance Honor Society and will join the Thespian Honor Society this year.
The Congress of Future Medical Leaders was created to help America’s high school students fulfill their dreams of entering the medical profession by exposing them to prominent leaders, mentors and resources.