Burkburnett High School student receives prestigious national award

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A Burkburnett High School student received a very unexpected birthday gift.

Everyone hopes for the perfect birthday gift, but sophomore Breanna McKnight, 16, was absolutely caught off-guard when two days after her 16th birthday she received a packet in the mail that will ultimately that will do wonders for her future Medical Science endeavors.

“‘What is this, is this actually mine?’ And then I looked at it and was like ‘My name is all over the paper, guess it’s mine,'” McKnight said.

McKnight was nominated and selected for the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientist Award of Excellence by the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.

“I just want to thank whoever nominated me or make the decision to choose me out of the many people ’cause this is really gonna kick me forward,” McKnight said.

The Academy identifies prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and helps the students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of their career.

McKnight’s parents are overjoyed.

“I’m just excited for her ’cause it’s one of those things that will give her a breath of experience to get out there and see,” McKnight’s father Tom Hinton said. 

“It gives a good example of when kids are passionate about their education and they set goals. It’s a good reward and I’m proud of her,” McKnight’s mother Nicole McKnight said.

Those selected will take part in a three-day congress in Boston, Massachusetts and will meet Nobel prize winners, young scientists and get to see a medical surgery first hand.

McKnight said she believes participating will solidify everyone’s outlook on her passion.

“Make people take me a little bit more seriously,” McKnight said. “Because there is a lot of people that can say they like science, but this award is like ‘okay she’s serious, she knows what she is talking about.'”

McKnight’s Pre-AP Chemistry teacher said this will be very beneficial to her personally and academically.

“It lets her see the different avenues that she can take,” Pam Francis said. “[Also] I think that that confidence building aspect letting her know that they think highly enough of her to select her for that program.”

McKnight plans to attend a four-year college to become a Commissioned Officer in the Air Force to pursue her goal of becoming a Medical Scientist. 

She hopes to set an example for her younger siblings.

There is a GoFund Me to help with tuition and other expenses, follow this link to donate.

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