An inside view of medicine and my future at Overton High School

Esther, Academy Ambassador for Overton High School's Academy of Biotechnology and Health Sciences

Hi, My Name is Esther M. and I am a senior at John Overton High school. I am also one of the Ambassadors for the Academy of Health Sciences in the Biotechnology Research and Development pathway. On October 4th, I was interviewed by Channel Four News about the healthy food-option in our school café. During the interview, I discussed our transition to whole wheat bread, the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, and even the new vibrant mural created to promote healthy food choices.  Using knowledge from class, I was able to emphasize the importance of food because it gives us energy to carry out day-to-day activities.

The Academy of Biotechnology and Health Sciences allows students to have an inside look to careers and advanced curricula that BHS students will be exposed to in college or beyond. It allows students who are interested in the health field to learn more about essential topics for health professional careers. Students are able to engage in hands on activities that include suturing and measuring blood pressure.

This Academy also offers opportunities for participating in internship programs. Last summer, I attended a six-week mentorship at Meharry Medical College. I had the opportunity of attending lectures and shadowing physicians and nurses in different medical fields. At the end of my internship, I presented a project on a rare disease called necrotizing fasciitis, which is a fatal flesh-eating disease. I was able to observe physicians as they saw their patients, and I loved it! I knew then that medicine was the career for me. I would have never learned of this opportunity if my health science teacher had not encouraged me to apply. This Academy is not only academically stimulating, but it also gives you a chance to learn about health professions that interest you.  I am thankful for the opportunity for an inside view of medicine and, hopefully, my future!

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