Takiya Rivers, a 10th grade honor student at Pine Bluff High School will be a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders at Lowell, Mass., June 23-25.


Rivers was chosen to represent PBHS based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine, according to a news release.


Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and science director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, signed Rivers’ nomination letter.


“The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields,” according to the release. “The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.”


During the Congress, Rivers will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners discuss leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology, according to the release.


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


Locally, Rivers is also a member of the Ivy Center for Education.


“The ICE Board of Directors and Scholars are very excited about Takiya’s nomination to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA., June 23-25, 2019,” according to Mattie Collins, Ivy spokeswoman.


Rivers is the daughter of Timothy Rivers Jr. and Tanicka Lane-Duncan; the granddaughter of Marian Rivers and Arlisa and Ed McKay; and great granddaughter of Cleovis and Arwilda Whiteside and the late Jimmy and Penny Lane, according to a family spokesman.


For details on the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, visit www.FutureDocs.com or call 617-307-7425.