March 25, 2021
By KEITH RYAN CARTWRIGHT
Rutherford County Schools
Holloway junior Ireland Buckley recently participated as a delegate in a virtual event hosted by the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.
Buckley represented Holloway High and the State of Tennessee.
“I am very excited,” she rightfully admitted.
Afterward, Buckley said, “It was incredible. We saw surgery that was narrated by an orthopedic surgeon. We also met many high achieving medical personnel and people who are considered medical miracles. I met many other delegates in breakout rooms.”
The purpose of the Congress is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct top student to achieve their dreams, according to their website, which also describes the Congress as a selective program honoring academically superior high school students dedicated to the service of humanity through medicine.
“I am planning on a master’s degree in psychology (or) psychiatry,” Buckley said. “This Congress proved to me that a job in mental health is 100 percent a medical career. … It was a great experience.”
The Congress pairs high school students with medical mentors from Harvard, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins and other prestigious medical schools vying for the top high school graduates.
Buckley hopes her participation and her award of excellence, which was signed by 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine winner Mario Capecchi, Ph.D., is a resume builder that attracts the attention of some universities that might not have otherwise considered her for acceptance.
“I’ve worked extremely hard to improve my grade point average this year,” Buckley said, “and it has paid off.”