Cassandra Saunders, a senior at Francis Scott Key High School, has received the Award of Excellence through the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. The award was presented in recognition of her outstanding academic performance, leadership potential, and dedication to serving humanity through the profession of medicine.
      
Saunders represented Francis Scott Key High School and the Carroll County Career and Technology Center at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston this summer. Students selected for this program must aspire to become physicians, scientists, or technologists; demonstrate leadership potential; and have a GPA of 3.5 or above. The Award of Excellence certifies competition at the Congress.
      
During the Congress, Saunders had the opportunity to watch a live surgery and ask the surgeons questions in real time. She also was taught by renowned physicians from prestigious medical institutions, including the National Institutes of Health. According to Saunders, “This was a great experience to interact with professionals within the medical field and learn from their experiences.”
      
In addition to her interest in the medical profession, Saunders is involved in many activities at Francis Scott Key High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the FSK Dance Company, and the FFA and is a varsity cheerleader. She also is a member of 4H.

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