Learn her name, Valaysia Smith, because this is one 16-year-old that we are sure to hear much from in the future. This teen prodigy has made history as the First Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.
The Monroe, Louisiana native was chosen to be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders based upon her superior academic achievements, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.
As a result, Smith received the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence, which was issued by The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.
“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,” The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists said in a recent press release. “Focused, bright and determined students like Valaysia Smith are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”
The 16-year-old is the first from her hometown to receive this prestigious award. Proving that she is unquestionably deserving of the honor, Valaysia holds a 3.9 GPA and have plans to major in Biomedical Engineering when she attends college. The noted scholar has her sights on attending either Louisiana Tech University, Howard University or Louisiana State University upon completion of high school.
“I am beyond proud of her. She deserves it. It has given her even more grit to keep pushing forward on the dreams and goals that she has set for herself. We all want to be recognized for our hard work,” Valaysia’s mother, Lavandolyn Smith said in a recent interview of her daughter’s accomplishments.
In addition to her studies, according to her Instagram account, Valaysia is also a model, actress, violinist, pianist, all-star cheerleader, ballerina, and writer.
The Congress is an honors-only program that is geared towards high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.
Congratulations, Valaysia! We cannot wait to see more “firsts” from you.