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Leadership opportunities open doors for UCS senior
Leadership opportunities open doors for UCS senior
Posted on 12/05/2019
Senior Portrait of Julie ElfishawyLeadership has always been part of Julie Elfishawy’s DNA.

“The opportunities available in the district as a whole have given me chances to become a leader, and that started from when I was at junior high,” she said.  “I think without these opportunities from the district, I would not be able to realize my potential as a leader.”

And by taking advantage of those opportunities, doors to the Utica Community Schools senior's future are beginning to open for her. 

Elfishawy, who will graduate in June from the Utica Academy for International studies, has been named semi-finalists in the Coca-Cola Scholar program – placing her among the top 1,900 students of 93,000 national applicants. 

The semi-finalist status is the first part toward a $20,000 scholarship that will ultimately be awarded to 150 graduates. 

Elfishawy said the scholarship will help support a medical degree from ten possible national universities where she has applied. Her current interest is in a career in surgery. 

Among her many leadership roles has been the creation of a three-day camp during the last mid-winter break that allowed junior high school students to explore an interest in medical careers. 

“ I think if I was able to start off students on this journey when they are young, then they would find out if they were truly passionate  and that would make for better health care professionals in the future,” she said.

In addition to the camp, Elfishawy also serves as president of the UAIS Student Advisory Board, is member of the competitive legislative debate team, state and regional finalist in the HOSA Health Professionals competition and is a member of her church’s community service group. 

She is also a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Semifinalist – placing her among the top one percent of the nation’s graduates – a National AP scholar, and has earned a first place finish in state legislative debate. She has been honored for her character and commitment to service by both her church and UAIS. 

“The teachers here are so supportive, and every time I have had an idea in mind – like the day camp – they helped get me started and gave me the fuel I need in the academics and as well as beyond.”