Yosemite High School juniors Nicole Tapia and Angelina Clark will travel to Columbia University in New York this summer to attend the week-long Lead-America Medicine and Healthcare Conference July 18-25.
The girls were nominated to attend the conference by Yosemite High chemistry teacher, Rob Nobles, because of their high academic achievement, leadership qualities and extracurricular activities. Both are members of the school's swimming team.
The conference is designed in cooperation with leading medical schools and the girls will have the opportunity to meet and interact with physicians and other medical professionals and participate in patient simulations of diagnoses and treatments. They will participate in interactive workshops and attend insightful lectures by distinguished faculty.
"The girls will get a first hand look at what it's like to attend medical school," Nobles said. "They will be challenged to think on their feet."
Nobles said Tapia a very energetic student.
"One of the first times Nicole became interested in medicine was when her cousin cut open his leg with a chain saw and she went with him to urgent care," Nobles said. "The doctor had to ask her to move out of the way because his work was so interesting to her. She also gives her dad shots because he is diabetic. One person she finds motivation from is Ben Carson, one of the leading neuro surgeons in the country."
Clark hopes to attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix after she graduates from YHS and plans to volunteer at Children's Hospital Central California for her senior project next school year.
Evelyn Lauder and Susan G. Komen motivate her because they started the research to cure breast cancer.
"The television program Grays Anatomy motivates Angelina because she always wants to know what they are talking about,' Noble said.
"I think the conference is going to be fun, exciting and interesting," Clark said.
Fundraising for trip
Noble said both students will be raising funds for the trip.
"It will take a lot of drive and motivation to raise the necessary funds but both of these students are up for the challenge," Noble said.
The trip will cost each student about $3,000. For those in the community who would like to help, an account has been set-up at Chase Bank and checks can be sent to Nicole Tapia and Angelina Clark in care of the bank at 40003 Highway 49, Oakhurst, Calif., 93644.
Tapia is the daughter of Andrew and Jennifer Tapia and Clark's parents are Jeremy and Jennifer Clark.
Details: Rob Nobles, (559) 683-4667, ext. 216.