Viera student headed to Congress of Future Medical Leaders


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Viera High School's Seville Kerner will attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders this month in Lowell, Massachusetts.

CARL KOTALA

Seville Kerner has always loved biology, and she’s always been obsessed with animals.

This month, the Viera High School sophomore is going to get a chance to listen to some Nobel Prize winning experts in both fields in what could turn out to be an experience of a lifetime.

Kerner has been named as a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, which will take place June 23 to 25 on the University of Massachusetts’ Lowell campus. According to the event’s website, the Congress is an honors-only program for students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher who want to become physicians or go into medical science.

The purpose of the event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct those top-notch students in order to help them ultimately follow their dreams.

“I’m really honored,” Kerner said. “It’s really cool that I was chosen for this. I’ve always been kind of obsessed with biology, but I never thought I would be chosen to (attend) something like this.”

During the three-day event, delegates will get to hear from Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research. They also will be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school.

Delegates also will get to observe a live surgery and even submit questions for the surgeon to answer in real time during the procedure.

That’s something Kerner is looking forward to.

“I always watch doctor shows,” she said. “People get grossed out with it. I’m just like, ‘Oh, this is cool.’ ”

The sophomore also is looking forward to hearing speakers such as 2007 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Mario Capecchi and Dr. Gary Richter, who is billed as “America’s favorite veterinarian.”

That’s because Kerner would like to one day become a zoologist.

“I’ve always been kind of obsessed with animals,” she said. “It’s really exciting to me for some reason. I just kind of click with it. Everybody has their thing and (animals are) mine.”

Kerner’s mother, Susan Sears, hopes the Congress can give her daughter a clear path to get the kind of education she will need to realize her dreams.

“I thought this was a good opportunity because she could potentially meet a mentor,” Sears said. “That’s what they promote, the potential to meet a mentor and possibly get scholarships out of it. I’m hoping that will be an inspiration for her.”