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Top Notch Healthcare Companies Select RLHS Students for Summer Internships

The RLAS-116 Board of Education had the pleasure of recognizing two Round Lake High School students on Monday, May 15 as they’ll be entering summer paid internships with two phenomenal organizations, Baxter International Inc. and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Teresa “Ady” Villalobos is a junior at Round Lake High School and a participant within the newly implemented Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program at Round Lake High School. During a recent field trip to Baxter, students were asked to present to Baxter engineers on the topic of reverse engineering. Due to a strong technical understanding of the subject matter and an outstanding presentation score, Ady was selected by Baxter for a 12-week summer internship. She is one of 30 individuals selected for the program and the only high school student. The remaining 29 interns in the engineering program are sophomores and juniors in college.

Baxter has been an excellent partner to RLAS-116. The nature of engagement between the PLTW program and Baxter has included coaching students in technical areas such as design and modeling.  During several field trips to Baxter locations within the Round Lake Area, students were exposed to Baxter’s product catalog to gain a deeper understanding of Baxter’s mission to save and sustain lives. Baxter continues to engage with the District’s initiative of advancing STEM education in the community.

Abigail Lopez is a sophomore at Round Lake High School. Abigail was one of four students at Round Lake High School who applied to be a part of Rosalind Franklin’s 2017 INSPIRE program. Four students from Lake County were ultimately selected, Abigail being one of them! She will participate in an 8-week internship where she will be working alongside top researchers on the topic of diabetes. This is the first year that this program has been available to Round Lake High School students.

The INSPIRE grant is specifically designed to help build the capacity of young leaders within Latino communities as this demographic has historically been underrepresented in the medical field.

Additional information on the INSPIRE program can be found at https://www.rosalindfranklin.edu/about/strategic-initiatives/diversity-inclusion/inspire/.

Please contact Heather Bennett, Public Relations Officer for Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116, at hbennett@rlas-116.org or 847-270-9007 if you’d like to receive additional information about these accomplishments.

Teresa "Ady" Villalobos   Abigail Lopez

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