MCDD High School Trainee Selected for the Distinguished Theresian Scholars Program(MD UCEDD)

August 3, 2015

In July 2015, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute hosted Sarah Aviles, a rising senior from the Institute of Notre Dame (IND) of Maryland, as a high school trainee. During her freshman year, IND selected Sarah to be a candidate for the distinguished Theresian Scholars program due to her outstanding academic and personal achievement. The final requirement is an extensive research project, involving a research paper and presentation on a topic of the student's choice. Sarah chose the topic of intellectual, developmental, and social disorders in children and their treatment.

While volunteering at Project HEAL, Sarah visited two nonpublic schools, conducted interviews with two senior clinical social workers, conducted case research, and assisted with Project HEAL cases. Sarah plays varsity soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, serves as a student ambassador and peer minister, and she will be the student body president during her senior year. Sarah is visiting college and universities in the mid-Atlantic region and hopes to study the field of medicine.