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youth leadership forumCCHS Junior Attends National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine

Colonie Central High School junior Victoria Ramirez attended the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Medicine held in New York City over the summer.

Ramirez completed a challenging academic curriculum that will help her prepare for college and career success. While attending the nine-day conference, Ramirez:

  • Explored professions in the expanding fields of health care

  • Prepared herself for the complexities of medical school by speaking with medical students

  • Gained hands-on experience through the interactive disaster triage simulation

  • Met with medicine and health care professionals at the nation’s best health care facilities

Ramirez's most memorable experiences included attending a talk by a neurologist that "blew her mind," witnessing a triage simulation, participating (and winning!) in a debate on Gender Selection, learning how to suture, and handling a human cadaver. 

There were other more informal community building exercises that were engaging, such as a dance-off - which Ramirez also won.

Ramirez was nominated to attend this event by CCHS Science Teacher Connie Woytowich (pictured here with Victoria).

"I am so proud that Victoria took advantage of this opportunity to explore careers in medicine," Woytowich said. "This experience has impacted Victoria in a positive way, and allows her to reflect on her personal college and career goals. I knew that Victoria would be a great contributor to NYLF Medicine, and as a mentor and educator already invested in her development. I know that Victoria will continue her journey toward academic success by using this experience to make informed decisions about her future."