Ripley High School student represents Jackson County at national medical conference

Katelyn Waltemyer
Jackson Newspapers
Ian Roach was selected to attend the national conference from June 26-27.

Ian Roach, a Ripley High School junior, is following in his dad's footsteps. He wants to become a nurse anesthetist. Roach spent this past weekend representing Ripley at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders

In order to attend this two-day event, participants were nominated and had to have at least a 3.5 GPA. Roach met both requirements and said it was exciting attending the online camp.

Both days started at 10:30 a.m. with a zoom call and he logged off around 9 p.m. Roach said several Nobel Prize winners and medical scholars gave lectures. He even saw surgeries performed live.

All participants were inducted into the Torch and Laurel honor society. He said it made him proud that he was selected to attend, and the conference reminded him that "staying determined" is crucial. 

— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the General Assignment and Enterprise Reporter for Jackson Newspapers in Jackson County, West Virginia. Have a news tip on local government or education? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.