KHS Junior Receives Award of Excellence
Micayla Shafran, a junior at Kingston High School, was recently recognized with an Award of Excellence by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists (NAFPMS). It was through her outstanding academic performance, leadership potential, and dedication to serving humanity through the profession of medicine that led the Medical Advisory Board of the Academy in their selection.
The NAFPMS hosts an annual Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Massachusetts where one student from every high school in the United States is selected to attend. It’s a week-long conference held in June, with doctors on-hand to hold panel discussions, workshops, and share experiences with the young attendees. Micayla was anonymously nominated for the Congress by one of her teachers during the 2017-2018 school year, and she assumes it had something to do with her GPA, PSAT scores, and the fact that she mentioned an interest in medicine on her PSATs.
Her interest in medical studies is slightly different from what one typically thinks of when hearing, “I want to study medicine.” Micayla is passionate about reducing plastic use and pollution as it is linked to health problems through human ingestion. She knows she will major in Biology upon graduating with the Class of 2020 next June, but has a few different facets within medicine that she will choose when the time comes.
“What I am sure of is that I really want to help people and make a difference in terms of pollution. Plastic pollution is a huge problem in the world, and I want to specialize in Marine Biology and connect it with Medical Science to figure out a way to diminish this problem,” she stated. She recognizes that health problems and marine pollution are linked and will set out to change that with her future endeavors.
Micayla’s future is certainly bright. She will continue with her current extracurriculars in Key Club, Varsity Crew, Musical Theatrics, Choir, and Science Olympiads for now, and soon she will be applying for Duke, Boston University, the University of Miami, and Harvard.
Way to go, Micayla! Congrats!