Norman teen heads to Washington

By Lisa Rushing

January 24, 2014

Lisa Rushing

Trey McInnis looks up to his father, Dan. Lately, Trey’s been watching the doctors to whom his father looks for treatment.

Now, Trey, 17, hopes that by going into the medical field, he’ll be able to help others as much as doctors have helped his father. Dan McInnis has congestive heart failure, kidney failure and has suffered two strokes.

Trey, a standout junior academic at Richmond Senior High School, plans to get his undergraduate degree in psychology, and would prefer a smaller school such as Wake Forest University. As for medical school, he would like to attend UNC Chapel Hill.

McInnis has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Feb. 14 to Feb. 16 in Washington D.C. McInnis, of Norman, was nominated based on his biology ap exam result, registered test scores and an anonymous teacher recommendation along with a nomination from Dr. Connie Mariano, the medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. McInnish will represent Richmond because of his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

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

During the three-day Congress, McInnis will hear from Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research including stem cell; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what is to be expected in medical school; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology. He will also get to observe live surgery.

“I find very little happiness in myself,” McInnis wrote in his scholarship essay. “My happiness comes from helping others.”

McInnis has seen how his father looks to his doctors and he wants people to look to him in that same way.

“There’s a lot of prejudice toward mentally ill people, and I feel I can help,” McInnis said.

The past year and a half has been challenging for the family with Dan’s medical problems getting worse, but McInnis has not let it get in the way of where he wants to be. He is currently ranked fourth in his class. He is a member of Beta Club, HOSA and the National Honor Society. His senior project is on stem cell research, for which he advocates.

He has always enjoyed science in general. Rather it was doing experiments with his grandmother, Glenda McInnis, who was a school teacher, or working in the garden with his grandfather, Danny McInnis.

McInnis completed a job shadow assignment at FirstHealth Moore Regional in the ninth grade, which allowed him to experience both the good and bad side of the medical environment.

“I loved the environment and thought it was something I would fit in well with,” McInnis said noting that he “loved every second” of the experience.

McInnis is definitely smart, but he is also a well-rounded teenager. He works at Quality Care Pharmacy in Seven Lakes on Saturdays during the school year, and on scheduled breaks. He enjoys spending time with his friends, playing video games and even listens to dubstep.