Watauga High’s Hallmon Hughes Selected for Student Leadership Conference at Harvard

Published Friday, January 8, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Watauga County High School sophomore Hallmon Hughes has been selected to represent Watauga County at the 2016 National Student Leadership Conference to be held on the campus of Harvard University.

Hallmon Hughes

Hallmon Hughes

For over 25 years, a select group of students from across the country and around the world have been selected to attend the National Student Leadership Conference. Hughes hopes to one day attend Harvard Medical School and study to become a Neuro Surgeon. At the NSLC, Hughes will gain an insider’s perspective on her future career as she meets with nationally renowned leaders in the medical field.

Hallmon Hughes

While at Harvard this summer, Hughes will take part in hands-on classes and career simulations to help her reach her leadership potential.

Rick Duffy, Executive Director of the NSLC, stated that upon completion of her coursework this summer, Hughes “will be awarded an Academic Transcript, Letter of Recommendation and a Certificate of Achievement to include in her college applications.”

Duffy went on to say that the skills Hughes will earn while representing Watauga County will benefit her “in high school, college and her future career.”

Plans for the Future

While at Harvard Medical School, Hughes plans to explore the relationships between the brain and human behavior.

Hughes said that she is eager to “learn how chemicals and drugs impact neural activity and the effect of aging on cognition.”

Last month, in her anatomy and physiology class, Hughes and her classmates dissected a mink. While studying at Harvard this summer, Hughes said that she most looks forward to the opportunity to dissect a human brain.

In addition to her medical studies, Hughes will receive extensive leadership training and topics tailored to neuroscience. Hughes will study public speaking, communications, personality types, conflict resolution, and ethical decision making.

“It was a great honor to be selected to represent Watauga County,” said Hughes. “I hope to be able to apply the leadership skills I learn this summer during my last two years at Watauga High School.”

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