WMHS students participate in LeadAmerica conferences

Three Watertown-Mayer seniors-to-be recently participated in LeadAmerica High School Career and Leadership Conferences around the country.

Brooke Leaf, Erica Cleckler and Rachel Heidorn were nominated by science teacher Denise Ertl to participate in the program. Nominees for the program must possess high academic achievement, involvement in extra curricular activities and demonstrated leadership qualities.

Participants in the program travel to college campuses all over the country, where they participate in conferences focusing on either law, medicine, engineering, technology, business, journalism or digital media. Leaf is currently in the middle of her trip to John Hopkins University in Baltimore from July 20-29 for a medical-based conference. Cleckler already traveled to Boston, where she stayed at Babson College for a medical based conference, and Heidorn traveled to Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., where she participated in a business-oriented forum.

At her conference in Baltimore, Leaf is participating in lectures in anatomy and physiology, ethics of medicine, medical simulation, and symptom review and diagnosis. She also is participating in leadership workshops on patient report and EMT training.

During her stay at Babson College in Boston, Cleckler was able to visit Harvard Medical School, as well as a simulation center in Rhode Island. She was able to watch a knee surgery and participate in forums on medical ethics and other medical related topics.

Heidorn spent 10 days at her Lead America session living in the dorms at Stanford. She also was able to participate in many lectures and forums on business.