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McGee receives prestigious honor
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McGee receives

prestigious honor


Gavin McGee, a ninth-grader at Boyd Christian School, will be a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Mass., on June 23-25.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The program aims to inspire and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists to stay true to their dream. It provides a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

McGee’s nomination letter 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. McGee was selected to represent Tennessee based on his academic achievement, leadership potential, and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, McGee will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about their leading medical research. Participants will be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school and they will witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles.

“Focused, bright and determined students like Gavin McGee are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him,” said Richard Rossi, executive director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.


Killian earns

PhD from Tech


Melissa R. Killian received a PhD from Tennessee Tech in a commencement service recently held in Cookeville. 

The McMinnville native presented her thesis on literacy. She has also earned two master’s degrees in reading and curriculum instruction from Tech. 

Killian has served as adjunct professor at Motlow for Tech, and is employed at Woodbury Grammar School. She is currently Cannon County’s Teacher of the Year, grades 5-8. 

She is the daughter of Phillip and Carol Killian, and the granddaughter of James C. and Rosie Bouldin, and the late Freeman and Kathleen Killian.