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Local Honor Student nominated for Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Cal City’s Janiah Foster to serve as Delegate June 24–26

by Melanie Jongsma

Janiah Foster (Photo provided)
CALUMET CITY, Ill. (February 9, 2020) – Janiah Foster, a Junior at Thornwood High School of Calumet City, has been selected as a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA, on June 24-26, 2020.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of the event is to honor, inspire, motivate, and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers. The Congress promises that Delegates will leave the event with a path, a plan, and resources to help them reach their goals.

Foster’s nomination was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. She was chosen to represent Thornwood High School based on her academic achievement, leadership potential, and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Foster will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research. The itinerary has not yet been confirmed, but past Congress events have included advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school, presentations about cutting-edge advances in medicine and medical technology, and testimonies from patients who are living medical miracles.

Information provided by the Congress explains, “This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially. Focused, bright and determined students like Janiah Foster are our future, and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”

“Being in the medical field has been a dream of mine ever since I was a young girl,” said Foster. She is grateful for the opportunity to participate in a program that will help her achieve her goal of becoming a pediatrician. She is also interested in opening a homeless hospital because of the needs she sees.

In addition to maintaining high grades, Foster has been active in high school volleyball and varsity dance, and she enjoys drawing and singing. Foster also volunteers with different organizations that help youth, homeless people, and families.

The Congress is a function of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, which was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution “to identify, encourage, and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.”

More information is available at or by calling 617-307-7425.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.