Lincoln-Way West student receives award of excellence
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Senior Hailee Slate always knew she had an avid interest in science, but she was able to further specify her interest through a class at Lincoln-Way West and a summer trip to Boston. Slate’s enrollment in Human Anatomy and Physiology Medical class combined with her attendance to a recent summer conference have both escalated her interest in the subject of neuroscience.

After applying for various science-related scholarships and researching potential universities, Hailee was contacted by The National Leadership Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. She received an invitation to join the three-day conference in Boston where she would learn from different speakers, network with other students, and observe live knee surgery. Her completion of the conference in June was commemorated with an official Award of Excellence, which was presented by her principal, Dr. Monica Schmitt, on September 13, 2016.

Presenters at the conference included many notable speakers, including Nobel Prize winners, National Medal of Science recipients, and Clinical Directors. While Slate enjoyed each of the speakers, the most memorable presentation discussed how the brain is affected by a concussion. “"My interest in neuroscience grew as a result of the conference. That part of the presentation stands out to me because it was very interesting,” she says.

While there, Slate was able to receive mentorship from medical professionals who offered students advice regarding how to move forward in their pursuit of science and medical studies.

She hopes her attendance to the conference and her enrollment in interactive medical courses will foster opportunities to pursue her dreams. Slate’s enrollment in Lincoln-Way’s Anatomy and Physiology Medical class allows her to visit Presence St. Joseph Hospital twice a week; while there, she observes and interacts with employees, staff, and patients, allowing her and her classmates to learn through experience. “"I hope to get more volunteer experience at hospitals so that my knowledge of neurology grows,” she says. “My plan is to attend a university with a good medical program so I can achieve my goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.”