Student volunteer for Griffith Family Foundation nominated to attend Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Sierra Lombardi, a student volunteer for the Griffith Family Foundation and a senior at Hollidaysburg Senior High School, was attended as a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Mass., June 23 to 25.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.
The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.
Sierra’s nomination letter was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the science director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent Hollidaysburg, based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.
During the three-day Congress. Sierra joined students from across the country to hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research. She also was given advice from Jack Andraka, Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school: witnessed stories told by patients who arc living medical miracles; was inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learned about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.
Sierra will attend the Digestive Disease National Coalition in Washington, D.C., March 7-8. She will sit on the DDNC Executive Board meetings representing the Griffith Family Foundation.
Sierra has attended the DDNC for the past three years with hopes to inspire other youth colleagues.
The 2012 Intel Science and Engineer Fair Winner Jack Andraka is a senior at Stanford University and is the Griffith Family Foundation Sideline Cancer ambassador.
Andraka was recently named National Geograph-ic Emerging Explorer and is helping detect cancer, fighting water pollution, identifying neglected tropical disease and redefining global health approaches.
Andraka is an inspiration to all students that attend this Medical Conference that allows medical leaders, scientists and professors to collaborate with the youth of today. He speaks every year at this youth event.
The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to their ultimate goals.