Denham Springs sophomore chosen to attend medical conference in Boston _lowres

Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes, a 10th-grader at Denham Springs High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders on June 24-26 in Boston.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields, a news release said.

Barnes was nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, the medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Denham Springs High School based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine, the release said.

During the three-day Congress, Barnes will join students from across the country and hear Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; 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 of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

The academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science.

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