Campbellsville High School sophomore David Silva has been chosen to participate in an elusive program for high-achieving students.
Silva was recently named a Society of Torch & Laurel scholar.
The Society of Torch & Laurel is an honor program founded by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, which is a collegiate honor society at more than 300 universities across the United States.
Torch & Laurel was founded to provide high-achieving students with access to resources to prepare for higher education.
Students chosen to join have a SAT score of 1300, an ACT score of 27 or a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Silva was nominated to become a Torch & Laurel scholar by Dr. Robert Darling, medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.
Silva will attend a Torch & Laurel program next summer in Mexico to learn about the medical field.
This will be the second program Silva will attend to learn about medicine.
This summer, Silva participated in a program in Massachusetts.
Darling nominated Silva to participate in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders program in Lowell, Ma., on June 25-27.
The program is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become doctors or work in medical research fields.
The purpose of the program is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country, and to provide them a path and resources to make their dreams come to fruition.
Silva represented his school – and the Commonwealth of Kentucky – based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination.
During the three-day program, Silva joined students from across the country and heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research. He received advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school, learned about cutting-edge advances in the medical field and much more.
Silva said the program was amazing, and he learned a lot about the human body. He said he met many important people in the medical field and observed a surgical procedure.
Silva, 16, is the son of Dewayne and Eldia Golightly.