REBECCA JUHL, 17, daughter of Joanne Frances-Muise...


REBECCA JUHL, 17, daughter of Joanne Frances-Muise and Richard Muise of Robert Arthur Road in Mayberry.

School: Junior at Westminster High School.

Honored for: Participating this week in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Washington. She was invited to participate after scoring highly on the Scholastic Aptitude Test as a sophomore, a year earlier than most people take it.

Rebecca will be among 350 juniors from around the country taking part in the forum tomorrow through Sunday. They will take part in programs at the National Institutes of Health, the Children's National Medical Center, the Washington Hospital Center and other research and health centers.

Goals: "I'm kind of split between pediatrics and child psychology. I'm really interested in kids, but I'm not sure I want to go through the 12 years of medical school. I'm looking at Bucknell College and Washington College."

Rebecca, who gives piano lessons to two young students, said she would like to continue teaching music to children.

Comments: "I am very interested in the AIDS epidemic," she said. Reading from the list of high-level experts and researchers she will meet, she said, "I just want to talk to them and ask them what their thoughts are, how it affects people's lives.

"I'm also interested in child development, and in depressed stages in childhood -- what leads some children to suicide."

Rebecca said she also plans to attend forum seminars on paying for college and making the most of the undergraduate years.

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