Sunday, September 26, 2021

CMA Student Organizes Successful Donation Drive for Parkland

CMA_ParklandDallas’ Parkland Hospital preemies are a little more warm (and dry) thanks to Carroll ISD student Nikhil Ravi. Ravi organized a clothing and diaper drive among his classmates. Together, the students collected 72 bags of diapers, 12 large boxes of diapers and 82 different outfits. The items were delivered to nurses at Parkland’s NICU over the winter break.

“I want to thank the students for supporting this annual drive,” Ravi said. “The generosity of the Carroll Medical Academy and National Honor Society students and family who participated was amazing.”

Ravi is a junior at Carroll Senior High School and is also a student of the school’s Carroll Medical Academy.

Ravi said the nurses at Parkland were happy to receive the donations. “It is a great feeling to know that we will help so many families at Parkland even if it is in a small way.” 

The Carroll Medical Academy is a pre-med program for high school students. Click here to learn more about the program. Click here to visit the Carroll Medical Academy Booster website.

Carroll Medical Academy Celebrates a Decade of Excellence

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CMA Director, Mrs. Sherry Martin directs a student.

CMA Director, Mrs. Sherry Martin directs a student.

Carroll ISD is proud to announce the 10th anniversary of the Carroll Medical Academy. The Carroll Medical Academy was established in 2004 and since that time has grown from just a dozen students to a complete, application process with many CISD students vying for just fifty openings in the academy.

The Carroll Medical Academy is an advanced high school academic program for students who are interested in pursuing careers within the medical field. The program is designed for students in grades 9-12.

CMA students working in Mrs. Martin’s lab.

The Carroll Medical Academy will formally celebrate 10 years in CISD on Monday, Dec. 1 at the Carroll ISD Administration Center. During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Carroll ISD Trustees, members of CMA will conduct opening ceremonies. Current CMA officers will lead the School Board and attendees in the pledges and moment of silence, followed by a few remarks about the program and a special presentation by the district.  After the presentation, trustees will recess for a reception. Invited guests include parents, students, former students, sponsors, physicians and representatives of the Hudson Foundation – a non-profit that helped launch CMA ten years ago. The community is welcome to attend. The Board Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. The CISD Administration Center is located at 2400 N. Carroll Avenue.

Carroll Medical Academy Hosts Annual Career Day

The Carroll Medical Academy (CMA) Booster Club hosted its annual Career Day earlier this month. The event was held Feb.5 at Trophy Club Country Club. Over thirty medical professionals generously donated their valuable time and talent, representing wide-ranging specialties including pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopedics, psychiatry, dermatology and dermatological pathology, neurology, gastroenterology, asthma and allergy, podiatry, orthodontics, oral surgery, diabetes research, sports medicine, nursing, plastic surgery, Oncology, pharmacology, chiropractic, transplant immunology, veterinary medicine and dentistry.

After a catered breakfast, over 200 Carroll Medical Academy students participated in small group mentoring sessions on selected rotations with the following medical professionals: Dr. Trung D Tran, Spine Team Texas,  Dr. Ron Groves,  Dr. Madhukar Trivedi,  Dr. Timothy Jones,  Dr. Greg Colon,  Ms. Kelley Meehan,  Mr. Aubrey Fisk, Jeff Caraway, Dr. Kristen Fleager,  Dr. Mona Alvi, Dr. Ryan Hick,  Dr. Brian Susskind,  Dr. Steve Ruffner, Dr. Larry Elliott, Dr. Sara (Heldt) Greer,  Dr. Kevin James, Dr. Mark Greenberg, Dr. Amir Kahn, Dr. Richard Ruiz,  Dr. Sara Khan, Dr. Shahid Shafi, Dr. Tannetze Crocker, Dr. Carlos Becerra, Dr. Jennifer Myers,  Dr. Nathan Stickney, Dr. Ramamurthy, Dr. Priya Venugopal, Dr. Tara Wheeler, Dr. Vikas Jain, Mr. Ed Sims, Doctor’s Express,  and Debbie Edwards, CISD.

Various topics covered during rotations included descriptions of a typical day, steps taken and lessons learned on the path to specializing, case studies on patients and demonstrations of diagnostic tools utilized at the physicians’ offices.

While enjoying a catered lunch, students met with Dr. Becci Rollins to discuss course selection and college planning.  Sarah Pass a former CMA student from the very first CMA graduating class, shared her professional and college experiences with the group.  The afternoon wrapped up with guest speaker James Tran discussing his experiences as a Marine combat Medic and as a health care administrator.

CISD Administrators Dr. Faltys, Dr. Villareal, Dr. Moses CSHS Principal Mr. Duhon and CHS Principal Mr. Giamanco also stopped by during the day to lend their support to the CMA teachers spearheading the event, CMA Director Sherry Martin, Mrs. LaCava and Dr. Owen.

The Carroll Medical Academy extends many thanks to all those who helped make the CMA Career Day a success, including Career Day chairs:  Kathryn Hughes and Angela Chen, Carroll ISD teachers, CMA Student Board,  the Green Jackets, Trophy Club and medical professionals in the community.

Carroll Medical Academy Seeks Clinical Internships


The Carroll Medical Academy is in the market for a select few medical professionals to provide internship opportunities for CMA senior students for the spring semester.

These internships are an integral component of the required BioTechnology class, and the internship is an incredible opportunity for students to observe and learn in a professional medical environment. Students are HIPPA certified, TB tested and typically on-site for approximately 2 to 3 hours per week. Schedule modifications are possible with some students.

If you are a medical professional and are interested in sponsoring one or more of our Carroll Medical Academy seniors for an internship, please contact our Internship Chair Dawn Schindler at dawnschind@msn.com or Mrs. Sherry Martin, our CMA Director at sherry.martin@southlakecarroll.edu for more details on program dates, requirements and specifics. Past internships have been widely varied and have included office visits for many specialties (from pediatric to veterinarian), surgical viewings, and paramedic ride-alongs.

The Carroll Medical Academy is an academic program that provides exceptional students who have an interest in entering a medical, dental, veterinary or research-based field with a challenging Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum beginning the freshman year of high school. Click here to visit the CMA website and learn more about the program, internships and how to get involved.

Seniors Receive Scholarships at CMA Banquet

Carroll Medical Academy had their banquet Saturday, May 4 at DFW Hilton. CMA Boosters presented scholarships to seniors. Awards went out to eight soon to be graduates of Carroll ISD.

Matthew Friske who will be attending SMU received a scholarship from Frank Bliss of Coopers and Stebbins. Jennifer Hall who will be attending University of Texas in Austin received her scholarship from Dr. David Hunter. Mimi Tran represented Frost Bank in presenting a scholarship to Aaron Ireland who is headed to Washington University. On behalf of Tommy Pennington Realty, Christina McCombs presented a scholarship to Julie Kresky who will be attending University of Southern California (UCLA). Kaci Lambeth who is headed to Trinity University received her scholarship from Dr. Shadid Shafi. Vighnesh Nair who is headed to the University of Texas in Austin received her scholarship from Dr. Ron Groves. Nathan Taylor of Farmers Insurance presented a scholarship to Sarah Philip who is headed to University of Dallas. Brittany Wang, who will be attending Harvard, received her scholarship from Dr. Mark Mason. Kristin La received an appreciation internship from Mrs. Sarah Mason and Dr. Mark Mason.

Carroll Medical Academy would like to thank the businesses that sponsor the CMA Senior Scholarship: Frank Bliss of Copper and Stebbins, Mimi Tran with Frost Bank, Dr. Sandra Armstrong and Dr. Amy Watts with Giggles and Grins, PLLC, Dr. Trung Tran with Clinical Pediatric Associates, Dr. David Hunter with NTFOS, Dr. Ron Groves with Groves Orthodontics, Dr. Mark Greenberg with All-Star Orthopedics, Nathan Taylor of Farmers, Dr. Shadid Shafi with Surgical Group of North Texas, Christina McCombs with Tommy Pennington Realtor and Dr. Mark Mason, MD with Southlake Plastic Surgery.

The Carroll Medical Academy is also proudly supported by Children’s Medical Center for the 2012-2013 school year.

Practicing Physicians Offer Carroll Students Unique Learning Experience

The Carroll Medical Academy (CMA) Booster Club hosted its 8th annual Career Day on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Trophy Club Country Club. Nearly forty medical professionals generously donated their valuable time and talent, representing wide-ranging specialties including pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopedics, psychiatry, dermatology and dermatological pathology, neurology, gastroenterology, asthma and allergy, podiatry, orthodontics, oral surgery, diabetes research, sports medicine, nursing, plastic surgery, pharmacology, chiropractic, transplant immunology, veterinary medicine and dentistry. The Carroll Medical Academy is sponsored by Children’s Medical Center.This is the second year of partnership between the CMA Boosters and Children’s Medical Center.

After a catered breakfast, over 185 Carroll Medical Academy students participated in small group mentoring sessions on selected rotations with the following medical professionals:  Dr. Eric Benzick , Dr. Trung D. Tran,  Andrea Becicka, Justin Keller,  Renada Knight, Dr. Ron Groves,  Dr. David Hunter, Dr. Vickie Khanna, Dr. Purnima Venkatesh, Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, Dr. Timothy Jones,  Dr. Greg Colon,  Dr. Penny Benedict,  Dr. Philipp Scherer,  Kelley Meehan,  Dr. Rana Said,  Mr. Kenneth Drinkwater,  Mr. Aubrey Fisk, Dr. Melanie B. Kinchen, Jeff Caraway, Dr. Mona Alvi, Dr. Ryan Hick, Dr. Brian Susskind, Dr. Scott Kasden, Dr. Steve Ruffner, Dr. Bhagya G. Boggaram, Dr. Sara (Heldt) Greer, Dr. Ryan Browning, Michelle Lawrence, Dr. Lisa Heistein, Dr. Vanita Shori, Dr. Kevin James, Dr. Mark Greenberg, Dr. Amir Kahn, Dr. Ninnetta Bond and Debbie Edwards.

CMA Students pose for group photo

Various topics covered during rotations included descriptions of a typical workday, steps taken and lessons learned on the path to specializing, case studies on patients and demonstrations of diagnostic tools utilized at the physicians’ offices.

While enjoying lunch, students met with Carroll ISD Coordinator of Counselors Dr. Becci Rollins on the outdoor patio to discuss course selection and college planning.  The afternoon wrapped up with guest speakers Greg Lowenstein and Richard Broker on the business of radiology and Arielle Yorczyk  on genetic counseling.

CISD Superintendent Dr. David Faltys pictured with CSHS teacher Linda Lacava

CISD Superintendent Dr. David Faltys, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Dr. J.J. Villareal, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator for Mathematics, Science, World Languages and Electives Dr. Rene Moses and CSHS Principal Mr. Shawn Duhon also stopped by during the day to lend their support. The CMA teachers spearheading the event were CMA Director Sherry Martin, Linda LaCava, Dr. Nicole Owen,  Keeley Lowery and Julie McCurly.

The CMA Boosters extend their thanks to everyone who helped make the CMA Career Day a success. Organizers say they want to give special thanks to the Career Day chair, Kathryn Hughes and Kathy Lowenstein, CISD teachers, the Green Jackets, Trophy Club and the local medical professionals who made out of classroom learning a reality for CMA students. 

For more information about the Carroll Medical Academy, click here to be redirected to the CMA website.

The slideshow below includes pictures from the event. Photos are courtesy of CSHS Yearbook students Pooja Patel and Greg Logan.

CMA Hosts Physicians Breakfast

The Carroll Medical Academy Booster Club hosted its annual Career Day on February 7, 2013 at Trophy Club Country Club.

Nearly forty medical professionals generously donated their valuable time and talent, representing wide-ranging specialties including pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopedics, psychiatry, dermatology and dermatological pathology, neurology, gastroenterology, asthma and allergy, podiatry, orthodontics, oral surgery, diabetes research, sports medicine, nursing, plastic surgery, pharmacology, chiropractic, transplant immunology, veterinary medicine and dentistry.

After a catered breakfast, over 185 Carroll Medical Academy students participated in small group mentoring sessions on selected rotations with the following medical professionals. Those professionals include: Dr. Eric Benzick , Dr. Trung D. Tran,  Spine Team Texas,  Dr. Ron Groves,  Dr. David Hunter, Dr. Vickie Khanna ,  Dr. Purnima Venkatesh ,  Dr. Madhukar Trivedi,  Dr. Timothy Jones,  Dr. Greg Colon,  Dr. Christine Quatro,  Dr. Philipp Scherer,  Kelley Meehan,  Dr. Rana Said,  Mr. Kenneth Drinkwater,  Mr. Aubrey Fisk, Dr. Melanie B. Kinchen, Jeff Caraway,  Dr. Mona Alvi, Dr. Ryan Hick,  Dr. Brian Susskind,  Dr. Scott Kasden, Dr. Steve Ruffner, Dr. Bhagya G. Boggaram,   Dr. Sara (Heldt) Greer, Dr. Ryan Browning , Michelle Lawrence, Dr. Lisa Heistein, Dr. Vanita Shori , Dr. Kevin James, Dr. Mark Greenberg, Dr. Kahn, Dr. Ninnetta Bond and Debbie Edwards.

Various topics covered during rotations included descriptions of a typical day, steps taken and lessons learned on the path to specializing, case studies on patients and demonstrations of diagnostic tools utilized at the physicians’ offices.

While enjoying a catered lunch, students met with Carroll ISD Lead Counselor Dr. Becci Rollins on the outdoor patio to discuss course selection and college planning.  The afternoon wrapped up with guest speakers Greg Lowenstein, Richard Broker and Arielle Yorczyk on the topics of the business of radiology and genetic counseling.

CISD Administrators, including Superintendent Dr. David Faltys, Associate Superintendent Dr. J.J. Villareal, Curriculum Corrdinator Dr. Rene Moses and CSHS Principal Mr. Shawn Duhon also stopped by during the day to lend their support to the CMA teachers spearheading the event, CMA Director Sherry Martin, Mrs. Linda LaCava and Dr. Owen.

Many thanks to all those who helped make the CMA Career Day a success, namely our Career Day chair, Kathryn Hughes, Kathy Lowenstein, our fabulous teachers, the Green Jackets, Trophy Club and most especially, the wonderful medical professionals in our community who make out of classroom learning a reality for our CMA students.

Top in their Class: Carroll Grads Head to Ivy League

Two coveted Ivy League schools are about to get a little greener. Carroll green, that is. This year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian have chosen to attend Harvard and Yale universities, respectively.

Patrick Liu, Carroll Senior High School Class of 2012 Valedictorian

Carroll ISD announced Patrick Liu is Valedictorian of the Carroll Senior High School Class of 2012. Patrick is the son of Anita Huang and Wen-Sheng Liu of Westlake. Liu is an outstanding young man who excels in both academics and as a figure skater and is very active in many student activities. As a member of the Carroll Medical Academy, Liu will graduate with seven honors and Advanced Placement science courses, and seven honors and Advanced Placement mathematics courses.

“The one principle which I have always tried to keep in my mind throughout my education is that failure should never be justification to stop striving for excellence,” Liu said.

The 18-year-old senior also served Carroll Senior High School and the community as a member of the Green Jackets during his senior year. Liu possesses a keen sense of humor and can always be counted on to help others when needed.

In the fall, Liu will be a freshman at Harvard University where he plans to major in economics.

Greeshma Rajeev-Kumar, Carroll Senior High School Class of 2012 Salutatorian

This year’s Salutatorian is Greeshma Rajeev-Kumar. She is the daughter of Suja Rajeev-Kumar and Rajeev Nair of Justin.Greeshma excels in the classroom and in the arena of community service. She gives of her time and talent each weekend at the John Peter Smith clinic to help others.

“Life is not a test of aptitude or strength. It is the source of aptitude and strength,” said the 18–year-old graduating senior.

Liu pictured left will attend Harvard, Rajeev-Kumar pictured right will attend Yale

Greeshma is also a member of the Carroll Medical Academy and will graduate with seven honors and Advanced Placement science courses and seven honors and Advanced Placement mathematics courses. This outstanding student plans to major in biology when she begins the next phase of her academic career at Yale University in the fall.

Graduation will be held on June 1, 2012 at Dragon Stadium. Gates open at 6:15 p.m. The Commencement begins at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more details.

Carroll Medical Academy Celebrates Seniors

The Carroll Medical Academy hosted its annual Awards Banquet this year. The event was held on Saturday, May 5 at the Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine.

Organizers say this year’s banquet was a complete success with record attendance. 10 scholarships were awarded to CMA Senior students. Each $500 scholarship will go to the recipient’s college education.

CMA members graduating this year are: Brian C. Bourcy, Virginia C. Burns, Erin M. Dominici, Catie E. Hendrickson, Armaan S. Kang, Lauren E. Wheeler, Quinn J. Brankin, Cameron t. Cutler, Celeste M. Genco, Maggie R. Goodman, Travis K. Martin, Priyanka s. Mehta, Stephanie H. Park, Dakota J. Pekerti, Roy A. Peryea, Amit R. Pullarkat, Anjali R. Pullarkat, Robert M. Resma, Hayley B. Ryskoski, Sneha Kalluri, Jonathan G. Lash, Michael R. Leung, Patrick Liu, Austin B. Miller, Jeffery J. Miller, Allison C. Naval, Justin A. Nevarez, James H. Noetzel, Christian M. Shannon, Jessica C. Shimabukuro, Sanya Sidhu, Hannah R. Walcek, Greeshma Rajeev-Kumar, Aaron D. Sahihi, Julia H. Sunderland and Kevin J. Xu.

The CMA Boosters extended a special thanks to program supporters including title sponsor, Children’s Medical Center as well as scholarship donors and community volunteers.

The slideshow below features pictures from the banquet including snapshots of scholarship winners and the sponsors who contributed to the Scholarship Funds.