While many teenagers were enjoying the abundance of free-time given to them this summer, one Falcon took advantage of the educational opportunities awaiting her across the country. Our very own Reggi Wright was selected to represent North Louisiana and Northwood High School for two prestigious programs at both George Mason University and University of California in LA. Reggi traveled to Mason University to attend the Smithsonian sponsored course for Field Conservation where she completed a college course studying and collecting data to develop reports for an on-going study on rivers, forests and wildlife. According to Reggi, this was her most treasured time of learning this summer because of the small-group environment which allowed for not only learning to occur, but also for the bonding experience with students from different locations, cultures and walks of life who share in their love of math and science.

She then attended the UCLA Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine to engage with other students interested in the medical field where they practiced triage for wilderness and disaster situations, made rounds with doctors and surgeons, attended lectures and observed real-time medical procedures. Reggi enjoyed the immersive quality of this program as she was able to participate in the actual day-to-day activities of a medical student – the career she plans to pursue. Her favorite part was being able to virtually observe an actual total knee-replacement surgery.

Reggi has been invited to attend a follow up course at Johns Hopkins University Simulation Center and looks forward to furthering her knowledge as she enters her medical career journey. Congratulations, Reggi; your Falcon family is proud of you!