Chevaughn Wellington is from Bloomfield, Connecticut. She graduated cum laude from the Ethel Walker School with high honors, an achievement she’s very proud of because of all the hard work it entailed. Though Chevaughn likes to sing and do community service on behalf of children, she’ll be pursuing her interests in public health, women’s studies, global issues, and molecular and cell biology while at UConn. She hopes to become a doctor and was inspired to do so by an experience she had shadowing an OB/GYN, the specialty which she will practice.
Selena Vazquez was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut but currently resides in West Hartford where she graduated from William H. Hall High School. A biological sciences major, Selena’s interest in the health fields is a very personal one as she and her family serve as a foster home for newborn babies. Selena is a participant in the mini-medical/dental lecture program provided by UConn and is working with UConn’s Pre-College Enrichment Program this summer.
Catherine Skeggs is from Avon, Connecticut and is a graduate of Avon High School and the Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science. As a participant in the Pre-College Enrichment Program, Catherine conducted research in Dr. Richard Bruno’s lab to develop a procedure that measures the concentration of vitamin E in blood plasma. She has also conducted stem cell research at Central Connecticut State University with the UConn/Aetna High School Research Apprentice Program. Catherine enjoys horseback riding and volunteers as an assistant for a therapeutic riding organization. She is majoring in biomedical engineering because she is inspired by medical advances that change lives and hopes to contribute to such advances in the future.
Alicia Robinson is from Hartford, Connecticut and is a graduate of Simsbury High School. After working with a nurse and learning about her career, Alicia feels that she has a good grasp of the many steps it takes to be successful in the medical field and wants to become a pediatrician. A biological sciences major, Alicia loves to sing because it provides her with a form of self-expression.
Klair Lubonja is originally from Tirana, Albania but now calls Newington, Connecticut his hometown. He attended the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy in Hartford, Connecticut and was part of the UConn Health Center’s High School Apprenticeship Program, the UConn Epidemiology Program, and UConn’s Pre-College Enrichment Program. He credits these programs with helping him to both grow as a person and gain an understanding of what being a part of the medical field is really like. Klair’s interest is in medicine, specifically cardiology, and he will be majoring in molecular and cell biology. He also enjoys spending time outdoors and loves swimming.
Mario Lopez-Silva is an avid golfer from Hartford, Connecticut. A graduate of Bulkeley High School, he has a variety of interests in the health fields. As a member of Career Connections he has had the opportunity to explore counseling and pharmacy and has spoken with professionals in pediatrics, orthodontia, dental medicine, epidemiology, and dermatology. While at UConn he will be majoring in physiology and neurobiology and working to improve his golf game.
Brittany Bendel is from North Haven, Connecticut and graduated from North Haven High School where she was on the varsity epee fencing team. Though undecided about her major, Brittany is interested in engineering, particularly computer science engineering and biomedical engineering. She has volunteered at Clintonville Manor, a medical residence for the elderly, where she worked on patient recreation. She also tutors at Benhaven, a home for autistic patients.