Cherokee teen invited to medical conference
SALLISAW, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen and Sallisaw High School sophomore Raven Broussard recently received notice that she’s been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Conference in Boston.
The conference is a three-day event set for June 24-26. It is designed for honors-only high school students interested in going into medical research fields or becoming a physician.
While attending, Broussard will have the chance to meet and hear National Medal of Science winners and Nobel Laureates talk about leading medical research and have the opportunity to speak with top medical schools deans about what to expect at medical school.
Broussard said she was excited when she first received her invitation letter.
“I was super, super excited about it,” she said. “I went to my (high school) counselor and I talked to her and she said, ‘Oh, that sounds like a great opportunity, let me see what I can do.’ So, she contacted them. I didn’t really expect for it to come in, and it did, and I was super excited.”
Broussard, who carries a 4.0 grade point average and is taking advanced classes, said she’s had an interest in the medical field since a young age.
“I originally wanted to be a neurologist or cardiologist and that was my main thing, was to be a surgeon, but some things have happened, and I’ve decided that I want a less stressful kind of job, and so I’ll be a pediatrician,” she said.
Broussard said attending the conference would give her an opportunity to learn more about medical-related fields, something she would not normally have the chance to do. She added that she’s proud to represent Oklahoma at the conference.
“Not only am I distinguished among my fellow students, but I’m going to be a minority,” she said. “It’s all over the U.S., and I’m one of the few that’s going to be representing Oklahoma.”
Aside from having an interest in the medical field, Broussard enjoys preforming with her high school drama class.
“I love to act. That’s my thing,” she said. “I’m really artsy and kind of creative. I paint things a lot.”
Broussard’s mother and fellow CN citizen, Stephanie, said she is proud of her daughter for wanting to help others by striving for a career in the medical field.
“I was really proud of her because it’s something that she has always wanted,” Stephanie said. “My hope is that she’ll do her goals and come back and work for the Nation and kind of help our citizens. Maybe some other young Cherokee Nation girl and boys will see what she’s doing and want to kind of follow her footsteps.”
ᏌᎷᏂᎨᏴ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ ᎠᎴ ᏌᎷᏂᎨᏴ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏍᎪᎯᏁ ᏗᎦᏂᏙᎯ Raven Broussard ᎾᏞᎬ ᎤᏁᏒ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎨᏑᏰᏒ ᎤᏪᏓᏍᏗ Ꮎ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᎦ ᏫᏗᎦᏛ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏗᎾᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ BostonᎢ.
ᎯᎠ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏦᎢ ᎢᎦ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏅᎩᏁ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵᏁ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ. ᎠᏑᏱᏓ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎵᎮᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᏂᏂᏙ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᎢᏯᎾᎵᏍᏗᏍᎩ.
ᎾᎿ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ, Broussard ᎡᎵᏊ ᏗᎪᎵᎦ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎬᏩᏛᎪᏗ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ Medal of Science ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒ ᎠᎴ Nobel Laureates ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎪ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᏂᏙᎾᎢ ᎠᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏝᏅᏓᎶᎲ ᏧᎾᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏄᏬᏘ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏄᏂᎬᏩᏳᏒ ᎤᎾᏅᏗ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
Broussard ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᎤᏓᏅᏛ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏁᏌ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎤᏯᏂᏍᎩ.
“ᎢᎦ ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎬ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᎠᏇᏅᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏆᏕᎶᏆᎥ (ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ) ᎠᏓᎵᏃᎮᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏥᎵᏃᎮᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎯᎠ ᏄᏪᏒ, ‘Ꭳ, ᎣᏍᏓ ᏣᏝᏅᏓᏕ ᎡᎵᏍᏗ, ᏥᎪᎵᏯ ᎢᎬᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ.’ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᏟᏃᎮᏔᏅ. ᏝᏃ ᏙᎤᏚᎩ ᏯᏋᏎ ᎤᎷᎯᏍᏗ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᎷᏨ, ᎢᎦ ᎠᏩᎵᎮᎵᏨ.”
Broussard, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᎢ 4.0 grade average ᏚᎾᎢ ᏄᏛᏁᎸ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏃᏊ ᏥᎩ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᎠ ᎦᎸᎳᏗᏝ ᏧᏂᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎴᏅᎮ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏍᎨ ᎤᏍᏗᏊ ᎠᎨᏳᏣ ᏥᎨᏎᎢ.
“ᎢᎬᏱ ᏣᏆᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᏆᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏧᏔᏂ ᏧᏩᏚᏂ ᏂᏕᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏴᏫ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏓᏅᏙ, ᏗᎦᏓᏰᏠᎯ ᏯᏆᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏆᏚᎵᏍᎬ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᎵᏍᏔᏅ, ᎠᎴ ᎦᏲᏟᎨ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎸᏓ ᎠᏆᏚᎸᎲ ᏗᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏆᏑᏰᏒ ᎦᎾᏝᎢ ᎠᎦᎾᎦᏘ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
Broussard ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎡᏙᎲ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏢᏍᎬ ᏳᏍᏕᎳ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏅᏬᏘ, ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮭ ᏱᎬᏩᏝᏅᏓᏗᏒ ᎤᏣᏘᏂ. ᎤᏛᏅ ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎦ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᏂᏛᏆᏂᎩᏓ ᎨᏙᎲᎢ.
“ᏝᏙ ᎠᏉᏌ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏆᏎᏍᏔᏅᏅ ᎠᏆᏅᏔᏂ ᏱᎨᏙᎮ, ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ ᎠᏋᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ., ᎠᎴ ᎠᏯ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎦᏲᏟ ᎾᎿ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᏂᎦᏥᏯᏛᏁᎯ.”
ᏄᏓᎴ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏃ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎨᏒ ᏅᏬᏘ, Broussard ᎤᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᎤᏓᏅᏙ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᏂᏂᏙ ᎤᏂᎯ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ.
“ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏗ ᎠᏆᏛᏁᎸᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏗ ᏗᏆᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏉᏢᏅᏗ. ᏥᏑᏫᏒᏍᎪ ᎤᎪᏓ.”
Broussard’s ᎤᏥ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏐᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ, Stephanie, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎪ ᎤᏪᏣ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᎬᏐᎢ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᏗᎢ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎢᎦ ᏥᎵᎡᎵᎬ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎢᏳᏛᏗᎢ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Stephanie. “ᎤᏚᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᏛᏛᏁᎵᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ.
ᏱᏅᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᎩᎶ ᏐᎢ ᎠᎨᏳᏣ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏧᏣ ᏯᏂᎪᏩᏘ ᎠᎴ ᏳᎾᏚᎵ ᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗᎢ.”