Higgins heads to medical conference
Blake Higgins, senior at Vail Mountain School, has been selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine and Health Care, a leadership development program for high school students.
While attending the conference, Higgins will study leadership skills. This summer, approximately 1,500 high school students from across the nation and 45 countries around the world will participate.
During the conference, students attend special workshops and classes where they study the “distinctions of leadership,” conference organizers say.
Through participation in this 11-day program, students develop their abilities to think on their feet, engage in critical analysis and to communicate effectively Ð skills that should them in high school, college and throughout their lives.
The mission of the conference is to identify young leaders from around the world and provide a learning environment that encourages not only academic achievement but also diversity, cooperation and social responsibility, said Dr. Paul M. Lisnek, the director of academics of the group for the conference and former assistant dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
“Students develop a sense of independence and responsibility,” Lisnek said. “They leave with a true feeling of accomplishment and confidence in their ability to handle the challenges that lie ahead.”
Higgins is the son of Jackie and Tom Higgins of Vail.