Ellen McKenna of Lowell, a sophomore at Lowell Catholic, was selected to take part in the Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation's recent annual MassSTAR Citizenship Conference.
The conference provides outstanding high-school sophomores with the skills, opportunities and inspiration to affect positive change in their communities. (STAR stands for Students Accepting Responsibility).
"The conference was amazing," Ellen said. "It was such a unique experience. With only one student representing each school, and no one previously knowing each other, it gave people the opportunity to really interact and explore the themes and share ideas."
Pictured from Left to Right: Andrea Cervizzi of Tewksbury, Chelsea Paquette of Methuen, Madison Perry of Dracut, Erin Gallagher of Tyngsboro, Victoria Battaglia of Lowell, Molly Hutchins of Groton and Emily Doherty of Billerica.
Lowell Catholic, a college prep school assists students through the process of college application from selecting the right school to finding the right major. With a 130:1 student to guidance counselor ratio which is a much smaller ratio than other area schools offer, counselors take a very personalized approach to ensuring students find the right path. Partnering with Lowell General Hospital, seven junior women from Lowell Catholic had the opportunity to visit various departments and gain hands on experience with the medical field. The ladies explored the emergency room, maternity and labor & delivery ward, radiology and the cardiovascular center. The tour was led by an ER nurse who lended the students insight in to the expectations and demands of a career in the medical field. This included everything from schedules, safety and security to what a typical day would entail.