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As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend
Proverbs 27:17

Kylie Long - Intern

Coming from a non-traditional household, I realized early on that perfect opportunities do not simply exist; however, I also realized that despite the circumstances, my successes would be based solely on my individual efforts. The idea that I, on the basis of hard-work and determination, could personally make a difference motivates me to continuously strive for the betterment of myself as well as my community. As a student at Deerfield Beach Middle School, my extracurriculars, such as National Junior Honor Society and Builder’s Club, became a means of exploring this passion. Upon learning of Cleft of the Rock foundation, I was admirable of how involved the organization was, and I knew that this was something I would want to contribute to. I am grateful to be part of such a caring and compassionate team of individuals and hope to use my position as a platform in which I can directly contribute to the welfare of local families and youth.

As president of both of these chapters, I organized yearly food drives, beach clean-ups, and service projects. During these experiences, I acquired different skills, such as leadership and public speaking, that drove my interest in the field of medicine. Currently, I am a dual-enrolled student at Florida Atlantic University High School pursuing a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior with a focus in ethology. Outside of the academic environment, I like to spend my time volunteering (typically tutoring younger children or assisting with equestrian therapy), creating art, or simply hanging out with my family and friends.

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