The Opportunity of a Lifetime

By Ellie Wheeler and Sarah Carlsen

Staff Writers


Jamesville-DeWitt High School freshman Gabrielle Tanksley has been given a prestigious opportunity. On Nov. 8, 2013 Tanksley received a letter saying that she had been nominated to attend the Future Physicians and Medical Leaders Congress in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 14-16. The conference is for students who have a high GPA and who show interest in the medical field.

Being nominated was just the beginning. Tanksley had to raise almost $1,000 for her tuition. Once her tuition was sent, she was then officially accepted into the program. Why would anyone want to give up their first weekend of winter break just to learn more? Tanksley says she would like to pursue a career in biomedical engineering, which involves making prosthetics and organs for patients who have either lost them or had a failure. So she is willing to give up this weekend because she believes,“the conference will open doors for my future.”

However, she considers this opportunity an accomplishment because it is a representation of her hard work in school and interest in the medical field. This program will give her more background insight about the field as she continues to pursue her dreams.

Tanksley says that the conference won’t talk directly focus on any one particular field, but the speakers are all knowledgeable and are open for questions. Tanksley will also have the chance to witness a surgery procedure firsthand.

Tanksley says that she is very lucky to have this opportunity presented to her. Be sure to follow up on this article for more intell after Tanksley has attended the conference soon after break.