MOLINE — She is light-up-the-sky bright, No. 1 in her class smart. She is stand-up comedian funny, considerate, outgoing and mindful of those around her.
She can glance at something and draw it with the precision of someone who makes their living doing as much.
The hope, if everything falls into place for Moline's Chloe Rouse, is that she will have a career focused on helping others.
"She will do great things,'' Allison Ryser, counselor at Moline High School, said of Rouse, who recently was selected to be a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, June 23-25 at Lowell, Mass. The Congress, an honors-only program for students seeking a career in the medical field and with a grade-point average above 3.25, is by invitation only.
According to the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists website "two-thirds of Americans can’t name a single living scientist." The academy was chartered "as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians."
"Chloe is a joy to be around, a wonderful young person with a passion for life and learning,'' Ryser added. "This is quite an honor for her and our school.''
Rouse, who is seeking a career in biomedical engineering with the hopes to someday modernize and enhance the use of prosthetic devices, says the demanding three-day conference will be a wonderful learning experience.
"It's something new and exciting as well,'' said the two-sport — volleyball and basketball — standout at Moline. Rouse, a senior-to-be, is ranked No. 1 (tied) in her class and recently earned a 32 on her ACT.
"The conference will be about meeting new people, learning from some of the best minds medically in the world — including Nobel Prize winners — and getting a feel of what the next level will be. It will also be an opportunity to visit places like Harvard and Boston University and walk on some of the neatest college campuses out there.''
Though Rouse is too modest to boast, she is in demand. Colleges from across the country are seeking her services. Places like Duke, Michigan, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Rice, Columbia University and Ohio's Case Western University have all inquired. Case Western, it should be noted, is one of the top medical research universities in the world.
"It has a beautiful campus,'' Rose said of the university based in Cleveland, Ohio. "Columbia, the elite of the elite when it comes to Ivy League schools, is amazing. So many great schools. It will be great to see what's out there.''
Involved in a number of school organizations and playing two sports whose seasons bump into one another, has taught Rouse the art of juggling her schedule. She says being busy now will help prepare her for what lies ahead.
"There is no great secret other than knowing what has to get done for that day,'' Rouse said, rattling off a number of educators — in addition to her parents — who have played a huge role in her success through the years. "I'm kind of the last person to go to bed at my house each night, and that's OK. If you want something, you can make time for it.''
A gifted artist, Rouse is hoping to use her penchant for design to help build a better world.
"I really like people,'' Rouse said with a smile. "Everyone deserves a good life and a chance in that life. If I can someday design a better prosthetic or take something and make it better so that person has a better life, I will be happy.''
Before that day arrives, three days of learning, networking and sharing, at a conference that only a few students get the opportunity to experience awaits.
"(I am) excited about the opportunity to meet and learn many great people in the medical field,'' Rouse said. "Excited to meet others seeking a career like me. Really excited about the chance to see another part of the country and begin the process of college. I'm looking forward to it all.''