Shenendehowa Junior Chosen as Next 'ShenNext Medicine Scholar'
ALBANY, NY, May 30, 2014—A Shenendehowa High School junior with a passion for medicine and the determination to make a difference in the world has been selected as the first “ShenNext Medicine Scholar.”
Ifeoluwa Adelugba, 17, the daughter of Dare and Sade Adelugba of Clifton Park , was chosen as part of a unique partnership of Shenendehowa High School, Siena College and Albany Medical College, launched last year. “ShenNext Medicine: Selecting Tomorrow’s Doctors Today” offers the opportunity for a Shen student, who wants to become a physician, to be accepted more than a year earlier than usual for Siena and Albany Medical College’s combined eight-year program.
The initiative offers acceptance to both college and medical school at the same time and includes a scholarship at Siena of $20,000 per year for four years. The combined program is known as the “Siena College-Albany Medical College Program in Science, Humanities and Medicine.”
In addition to this early college and medical school acceptance, “ShenNext Medicine” is unique because a panel of Siena students enrolled in the Siena-Albany Medical College combined program help select the “ShenNext Medicine Scholar.”
Also announced were the four students who will compete to become the “ShenNext Medicine Scholar 2015.” They are all sophomores at Shen, selected from 75 students who ranked in the top 10 percent of the sophomore class. They are:
• Carly Domicolo, 15, daughter of Anthony and Danielle Domicolo of Clifton Park;
• Kimberly O’Reilly, 16, daughter of William and Irene O’Reilly of Ballston Lake;
• Sophia Phillips, 15, daughter of Christopher and Carole Phillips of Waterford;
• Emma Smith, 15, daughter of Mark and Kim Smith of Clifton Park.
“The ShenNext Medicine program offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Shen students to study in a prestigious program on their way to reaching their dream of becoming a physician. This program is part of Shen’s ongoing effort to work with colleges and universities to provide more opportunities for our students,” said L. Oliver Robinson, Ph.D., superintendent of Shenendehowa Central Schools.
According to James J. Barba, president and CEO of Albany Medical Center and Siena College graduate, who, with Robinson, conceived the joint initiative, “These students represent the future of medicine and underscore Albany Medical College’s and Siena College’s commitment to preparing well-educated, compassionate and caring doctors of tomorrow.”
Edward LaRow, Ph.D., who has directed the program at Siena College since its inception in 1986, when it, too, was the first of its kind in the U.S, said that the combined Siena-Albany Medical College program emphasizes humanities, ethics and social service as well as the traditional sciences. Today the Siena College-Albany Medical College program is highly selective, typically attracting about 460 applicants annually for 15 seats.
For more information on “ShenNext Medicine: Selecting Tomorrow’s Doctors Today,” visit www.shenet.org. For more information on the “Siena College-Albany Medical College Program in Science, Humanities and Medicine,” visit www.siena.edu/amc.
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Shenendehowa Central Schools prides itself on its Commitment to Excellence. Shenendehowa is one of the largest central school districts in the area. Covering approximately 86 square miles, Shen serves families from the communities of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Ballston Lake, Malta, Waterford and Stillwater. Approximately 9,850 students attend eight elementary schools (grades K-5), three middle schools (grades 6-8) and a high school (grade 9-12). Nine of the 12 school buildings and a bus garage are located on a 232-acre campus in Clifton Park, N.Y. There are three neighborhood elementary schools and a district office located off campus. Shenendehowa is one of the largest employers in Saratoga County with more than 1,800 staff members. For more information, www.shenet.org
Siena College is a learning community advancing the ideals of a liberal arts education, rooted in its identity as a Franciscan and Catholic college. Located in Loudonville, N.Y., two miles north of the state capital, the 176-acre beautiful, suburban campus is home to 3,000 undergraduates. Siena offers 27 majors in the Schools of Business, Liberal Arts and Science. In combination with its minors and certificates, Siena offers its students more than 1,200 program combinations. Siena College: Providing the education of a lifetime for more than 75 years. For more information, www.siena.edu
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
IFEOLUWA “IFE” ADELUGBA
Junior, Shenendehowa High School
17 years old
Daughter of Dare and Sade Adelugba of Clifton Park
“Medicine is my calling, and my heart is to help people. I can’t imagine doing anything else,” said Ifeoluwa “Ife” Adelugba. “For now, I’m certain that medicine is the right field for me, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Adelugba said her interest in becoming a doctor and serving others was initially sparked by her deep interest in biology. She was also inspired by her parents; her mother is a pharmacist and her father is an engineer. Additionally, her work teaching and counseling children at her church has influenced her to start thinking about specific career options.
“I am fascinated by the science of medicine, and I love helping children, so those might combine someday if I decide to go into pediatrics,” said Adelugba, who in addition to being an honors student, competes on the Shen varsity track-and-field and cross-country teams and plays violin in the school orchestra.
“Ife is a very worthy first recipient of the title ‘ShenNext Medicine Scholar.’ Not only is her academic record stellar, but she is determined to become a world-class physician, committed to service to her community and humankind,” said L. Oliver Robinson, Ph.D., superintendent of Shenendehowa Central Schools.
According to James J. Barba, president and CEO of Albany Medical Center and Siena College graduate, who, with Robinson, conceived the joint initiative, “Ife Adelugba indeed represents the future of medicine. We welcome her to our combined Siena-Albany Med program.”
Adelugba was selected from 75 Shen students who qualified for the program. Criteria included an original essay detailing a commitment to becoming a physician; caring and compassionate character; strong grade point average; appropriate academic course of study and preparation; exceptional leadership and communication skills; and a history of community service. As the “ShenNext Medicine Scholar 2014,” Adelugba was selected by a team of students from the “Siena College-Albany Medical College Program in Science, Humanities and Medicine” and the directors of the Siena College-Albany Medical College program.
During the past year, she and the other finalists participated in a specially designed mentoring program with Siena College students from the Siena College-Albany Medical College program and in special opportunities for enrichment at Albany Medical College.
FINALISTS FOR “SHENNEXT MEDICINE SCHOLAR 2015”
Four students who will compete for the “ShenNext Medicine Scholar 2015” were announced recently. They are all sophomores at Shenendehowa, selected from 75 students who ranked in the top 10 percent of the sophomore class. They are:
- Carly Domicolo, 15, daughter of Anthony and Danielle Domicolo of Clifton Park;
- Kimberly O’Reilly, 16, daughter of William and Irene O’Reilly of Ballston Lake;
- Sophia Phillips, 15, daughter of Christopher and Carole Phillips of Waterford;
- Emma Smith, 15, daughter of Mark and Kim Smith of Clifton Park.
They were selected by a team representing Shen, Siena College and Albany Medical Center based on class ranking that takes into account GPA, depth of schedule, and AP, honors and college-level classes as well as an essay and resume.
The resumes were judged on the student’s participation in community service, clubs and activities, etc.; paid or unpaid work; and leadership roles. Essays were judged on the following criteria:
- a sincere interest in this educational opportunity.
- a clear and compelling explanation as to why he/she should be chosen for this educational opportunity.
- a clear and passionate interest in a career in medicine.
- a capacity for compassion and caring.
- a clear connection between extra-curricular activities and either his/her personal growth or his/her path to becoming a physician.
Excerpts from the winning essays:
Carly Domicolo, 15, daughter of Anthony and Danielle Domicolo of Clifton Park
“Caring for the sick is a noble, worthwhile profession and I know it is my future path…. To me, knowing that that I could possibly help a parent who loves their children is one of the greatest and most rewarding things I can think of. Being a physician is the way I would like to accomplish this.”
Kimberly O’Reilly, 16, daughter of William and Irene O’Reilly of Ballston Lake
“From an early age, I always had a strong interest in medicine, watching shows about crazy emergency room stories and paying close attention to the coroner scenes in forensic movies. Aging has not changed this desire to a physician, but being more mature I have realized how gratifying it is to be able to help other people. Medicine has always intrigued me and I have never faltered on my decision to become a doctor.”
Sophia Phillips, 15, daughter of Christopher and Carole Phillips of Waterford
“My desire to enter the field of medicine first started for me when I was around 10 years old, mainly because I had spent a lot of time in medical facilities. (Two relatives) were constantly sick over the course of two years. When one was released from the hospital, the other always seemed to be going in…. The compassion, understanding and commitment for my (relatives) displayed by those doctors made me realize that being a doctor is what I aspire to be.”
Emma Smith, 15, daughter of Mark and Kim Smith of Clifton Park
“The focus on creating compassionate, yet highly skilled doctors is an amazing idea that attracted me to this program (the combined Siena-Albany Medical College program). The incredible opportunities that are available at Siena and Albany Medical College would provide me with an environment where I can help others, while collaborating with people from different backgrounds who share the same interests as me.”
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