Neighbors at the Lake

Lake Wylie teen heads to D.C. for Congress of Future Medical Leaders

February 10, 2014 

A Lake Wylie student is taking big steps this week to reach her goal of becoming a physician’s assistant or specializing in genetics.

Morgan T. Reese, the daughter of Lola and Don Reese of Lake Wylie and a junior at Clover High School, will attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Feb. 14-16 in Washington, D.C.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be chosen for such inspiring and motivational program,” Morgan Reese said. “I am forever grateful for the support I have received from my family and friends to achieve this award.”

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.

“Focused, bright and determined students like Morgan are our future, and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her,” said Richard Rossi, executive director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

Reese was nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, the medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Clover High School based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

“I hope to make my family proud by doing what I love – helping people live and love life,” Reese said.

Reese chose the medical field because she loves helping people. She hopes to change the world one patient at a time.

“She always says it’s amazing how one person can save the lives of so many,” her mother said.

During the three-day Congress, Reese will join students from across the country and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future of medicine and medical technology. Included will also be firsthand testimony from medical cases.

“I truly look forward to gleaning all I can from this prestigious program,” Reese said. “It is an honor I am not taking for granted.”

Wendy Dimitri is a freelance writer in Lake Wylie. Email Neighbors at the Lake column ideas to

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