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Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Weinacht attends medical conference

Miss Lara Weinacht, of Pecos, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED) in Los Angeles, Calif., from July 7-16.

Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in a career related to science and health, Weinacht joined more than 400 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the Forum. Students learned first-hand about medical ethics, the global effects of infectious disease, genetic research, public health and many other subjects relevant to the field.

"The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine offers students like Lara Weinacht a chance to complement their classroom experience," said Donna Snyder, executive director of the NYLF. "This will enhance the current knowledge of these students, providing a glimpse at where they might find themselves within the medical universe," said Snyder.

"It's never too early in a young person's life to start exploring which career to pursue. We give these students a behind-the-scenes look of what it takes to become a medical professional," she said.

Dr. Roscoe Atkinson, associate clinical professor at University of California _ Los Angeles, welcomed the students to L.A. and set the tone for NYLF/MED. "In the field of medicine, we need to take greater advantage of advances in technology," he said. "Currently, medical students are most accustomed to utilizing high-tech gadgetry because so many grow up in households with computers. As you all consider your future in medicine, be prepared to lead members of older generations who may be stuck in the `old ways' of doing medicine."

During NYLF/MED, students had the opportunity to visit some of the best institutions of medical learning and research in the country, including: University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine; University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine; Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific; and several others. Not only did students visit these renowned places, they also interacted with doctors, nurses, scientist and professors to gather a greater understanding of medical history, standards and trends.

Throughout the program, Weinacht and fellow students experienced problem-based learning in a series of intense and stimulating simulations, many exercises of which are faced by students in medical school. NYLF/MED culminated in the Public Health Symposium, in which students developed programs to directly impact their communities on the issues of adolescent health, health care for the elderly and chronic disease, among others. The goal of the exercise was to encourage the students to develop and implement programs that address concerns on public health issues in their communities.

"Many who participate in our program arrive thinking they have a clear idea of the type of medicine they want to practice," said Snyder. "By opening new doors for them, students can confirm or adjust their professional plans accordingly prior to college," shes aid.

The NYLF is a non-profit, educational organization that brings various professions to life, empowering outstanding high school students with confidence to make well-informed career choices. For additional information on NYLF programs, visit us on the Internet at

Free lunch applications available

The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD school offers a choice of healthy meals each school day. Children may buy lunch for $1.10; $1.25 or $1.40.

Breakfast for students in kindergarten through sixth grade is .75 cents and for 7-12 grades is .80 cents.

Children who qualify under U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines may get meals free or at a reduced-price of .30 cents for lunch and .40 cents for breakfast.

All meals served must meet nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If a child has a disability, as determined by a doctor, and the disability prevents the child from eating the regular school meal, the school will make substitutions prescribed by the doctor. If a substitution is needed, there will be no extra charge for the meal.

However, the school is not required to make a substitution for food allergy, unless it meets the definition of disability.

Parents/guardians may apply for free and reduced-price meals at any time during the school year.

For more information contact the food services department at 447-7266.

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