Two standout students at Coon Rapids High School have new-found inspiration to carry them through the year. The school's Center for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering promotes careers in medicine and other STEM-related fields. It makes students from Coon Rapids a great fit for the annual Congress of Future Medical Leaders.
This summer, Mady Hedlund and Kauthar Al-Khiqany were selected from Coon Rapids High School to attend the conference in Boston, Massachusetts. They listened to award-winning doctors and scientists, and even got to watch a live surgery.
"It was just like this rush," recalled Kauthar. "Like, wow! People get to do this for a living and I want to be doing that too."
The surgery was a highlight for Kauthar, who is a sophomore at Coon Rapids and plans to one day go to med school. Meanwhile, Mady intends to be a physical therapist.
"There was, like, a lot of motivational speakers and different people from every field you could think of," said the Coon Rapids junior. "And what they spoke about stuck with you and influences everything you do now."
Unbeknownst to them, someone at Coon Rapids High School nominated each of them for the experience. They joined students from around the country at the three-day conference. Among the speakers were Nobel Laureates and some of the nation's leading doctors and scientists.
Currently more than 300 students are in the Biomedical Sciences program at Coon Rapids High School. More than 100 students are on the engineering track.