A Fort Worth youngster opens up paths in medicine

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Alena Analeigh Wicker, a prodigy, has gone where no one else has gone.

At 13, Wicker became the youngest African-American to be accepted into medical school, according to a number of media outlets.

Did we mention she’s from Fort Worth.

In May, Alena was offered a place at the University of Alabama’s Heersink School of Medicine for 2024 under its Early Assurance Program – which offers early admission to applicants who meet certain requirements. specific. Alena is more than 10 years younger than the average new medical student.

Wicker currently attends Arizona State University and Oakwood University through online classes.

“What is age? Wicker said in an interview with The Washington Post. “You’re not too young to do anything. I proved to myself that I could do anything I put my heart and mind into.

In addition to such an esteemed publication as the Job taking note, Wicker makes the rounds elsewhere, even stopping at “Good Morning America,” ABC’s morning news program.

She should after all. She has a good story.

Last year, aged 12, she became NASA’s youngest intern (eat your heart out Alan Bean) but has since changed her career path to medicine. She will graduate with two bachelor’s degrees in 2024.

She announced her acceptance to medical school on Instagram. Wicker is very successful on the platform.

“I’m still a normal 13-year-old teenager,” she told the Job. “I just have great time management skills and I’m very disciplined.”

She took advantage of the home-learning situation during the pandemic, which allowed her to amplify her classes.

Wicker’s mother, Daphne McQuarter, is a Fort Worth activist who champions women’s equality, including through her own organization, I Am Her Voice. She founded it 20 years ago and focuses on rescuing girls from sex trafficking in the United States.

“My mother is amazing. She gave me opportunities more than things,” says Alena, who has a 24-year-old sister. “She taught me to think beyond and see beyond. For me , it was the best experience.

Wicker also launched Brown STEM Girl, which encourages girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. In addition to her many intellectual pursuits, Wicker is still a young girl at heart and enjoys school sports, hanging out with friends, and cooking.

“I would say to any little girl reading this, never give up, never let anyone tell you you can’t do something,” Wicker says.

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