Iris Thao recently represented Jackson County High School and the State of Georgia at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts.
Iris was presented with an Award of Excellence, certifying her successful completion of the congress, which is an academic honors program of New Charter University. The award is earned by participating in the activities offered during the three-day event “and exhibiting leadership in and dedication to the medical profession,” organizers said.
The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists works to “identify, encourage, and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians,” according to its website, futuredocs.com.
Both the congress and the academy are owned by New Charter University of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Supporting organizations include the Society of Torch & Laurel, the National Society of College Scholars, College Admission Central, the American Medical Student Association, and the American College of Surgeons.
The academy offers online social networks for its participants, mentoring opportunities with physicians and medical students, and information for parents and students on “college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, internships, leadership training, (and) career guidance.”
The congress invites students with a grade-point average of 3.5 or above who want to become doctors or work in the field of medical science.
According to organizers, the purpose of the congress is to “honor, inspire, motivate and direct those top students in our country and help them stay true to their dreams.”
Iris, a sophomore at JCCHS, is the daughter of Yer and Toa Thao of Hoschton.
JCCHS is one of 10 schools that are part of the Jackson County School System, which serves more than 8,300 students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Learn more online at JacksonSchoolsGA.org.