PIQUA — Mason Darner of Piqua was nominated to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Advanced Medicine and Health Care, which began at the University of Chicago on June 19 and runs through June 28.
Darner, who will be a sophomore at Piqua High School in the fall, was chosen for the program based on his academic record and his interest in the fields of health and medicine.
Outstanding high school students from across the U.S. take part in the NYLF, an Envision program which recognizes students who are likely to be future leaders in the health care industry and exposes them to an array of skills required to meet the medical challenges of the 21st century.
At the forum, Darner is participating in simulated patient encounters, as well as interacting with physicians and other medical professionals, performing simulated clinical exams and learning how to develop sound treatment plans. Additionally, he will use his analytical skills to try to determine the cause of a dangerous disease as part of a college-level epidemiology case study.
“This is an excellent opportunity for students to explore a broad range of educational pathways and accompanying careers in health care,” said Jan Sikorsky, Ph.d, vice president of Education for Envision, a family of program that allows students to explores their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.
“Our students gain a critical advantage, which includes getting inside information on the challenges of medical school and being a leading practitioner in the ever-changing health care environment.”
A 4.0-GPA student who aspires to become a neurosurgeon, Darner has participated in Miami County Children’s International Summer Village (CISV) trips to Austria and Canada, and hosted a member of the Austrian delegation for two weeks in Piqua. He also has taken courses at Edison State Community College in addition to his regular high school classes.
In addition, Darner was a member of the cross-country and track teams in junior high, and was named the Most Valuable Runner for the cross-country team in 2014, as well as earning the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship award. During his freshman year at PHS, he was a member of the soccer team and the PHS show choir, and was named the Most Outstanding Freshman for his participation in the latter activity.