Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School sophomores, Cassandra Saniuk of Assonet, and Amy Collard of Lakeville, have been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA on June 24-26.

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.

Dr. Connie Mariano, Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, nominated both students to represent Old Colony RVTHS based on their academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Saniuk and Collard will join other students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research, receive advice from Ivy League and top medical schools Deans on what’s to be expected in medical school, hear stories from patients who are living medical miracles, be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies, and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

“This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially. ” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Cassandra and Amy are our future and deserve all the mentoring and guidance we can give.”

A little more about Cassandra:

Cassandra, an honors student with a 4.3 GPA, is the daughter of Christopher and Laurianne Saniuk. Cassandra challenges herself with dual enrollment at Bristol Community College and volunteers her Saturday mornings at Saint Anne's Hospital. Cassandra is involved with activities at St. Bernards Church, including volunteering for the eighth grade “Life Team” program. Cassandra has competitively twirled baton for seven years now, as a Twirl Town USA member. For the last two years, Cassandra has been coaching the younger girls at her previous school for NEMA.

A little more about Amy:

Amy, an honors student with a 4.2 GPA, is the daughter of Tom and Kim Collard. Amy enjoys sports, specifically lacrosse, football and basketball, in which she’s been playing lacrosse for Lakers Youth Lacrosse for six years and Old Colony RVTHS for two years. Amy has been playing football for Apponequet High School Junior team for four years and Old Colony RVTHS for two years. Amy has also been playing Basketball for Freetown Lakeville Basketball Club for four years and Old Colony RVTHS for two years.

For more information about the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists click here.