El Paso Honor Student Joy Njuguna nominated for Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Hard work, dedication and a signed nomination by a Nobel Prize winner sends one Sun City student to Boston this summer for a world-renowned gathering.

Joy Njuguna, a Junior at Harmony Science Academy of El Paso is a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 24-26, 2020.

Joy’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 to represent TX based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

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

According to officials, the purpose of this event is to “honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers, 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 three-day Congress, Joy Njuguna will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about 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.

Joy is currently a junior attending Harmony Science Academy of El Paso where she is in the top ten percent of her graduating class, completing various  AP courses.

Joy was also accepted in NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars, Junior Leadership of El Paso, National Center for Women & Information Technology(NCWIT), and is a proud Excellence Award awardee and 2020 delegate of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. In addition, she is part of her school’s Girls Cyberstart, CRLP, VEX Robotics team, and competed in Nasa’s App Development challenge where she learned how to program in C#.

She is currently captain of her robotics team where her team has won various awards allowing them to qualify for the Texas State Regional Competition and the 2020 US CREATE WORLD Robotics Championship. Being a member of NCWIT,  She was awarded as the 2019 Texas Honorable Mention and the 2020 Texas Affiliate winner.

Her hobbies are playing the piano and being outside playing soccer. Joy aspires to attend Duke University where she will major in Biomedical engineering as well as computer engineering.