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Port Orange Observer Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 1 year ago

Spruce Creek sophomore eyes summer medical course

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Kyle Snowden dreams of one becoming a surgeon. He hopes Brown University will help him along the way.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Once school lets out this coming summer, one Ormond Beach teen is hoping to get back into the classroom: Only this time, at Brown University in Rhode Island.

Kyle Snowden, 16, was accepted into the university's [email protected] program, which offers more than 200 courses to over 4,000 students worldwide throughout the summer. He's hoping to spend a week diving into the topic that has fascinated him since he was three years old and dressed up as a doctor for Halloween. Snowden's chosen course, "Hands-on Medicine: Week in the Life of a Medical Student," will feature dissections led by medical students and diagnosis simulations with actors. 

For Snowden, who attends Spruce Creek High School due to its IB program, this course is a chance for him to gain deeper understanding of the medical field. One day, he hopes to be a surgeon.

“It’s always something that’s interested me, and science is my favorite subject," Snowden said.

Outside of academics, Snowden is part of the SCHS swim team, and the USRP Racers Swim Team. He works at Salty Dog Surf Shop and also volunteers with Team RWB, a veterans organization. He helps with its 0.0K fundraiser to buy Christmas gifts for the veterans at the Emory L. Bennett Memorial veterans nursing home, and later helps distribute them.

"Kyle not only participates but I have seen him develop relationships with some of the residents at the home," said Vince Faulkner, veteran engagement director for the local Team RWB. "Kyle is an exceptional young man and I look forward to seeing where his life takes him."

Snowden's father, Joey Snowden, said he couldn't be prouder of his son. 

“I’m very excited for him," he said. 

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