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Special Student Recognition

Mesa Ridge High School students with National Leadership Academy awards
(Left to right: Kailyn Regidor, senior; Principal Scott Sage, and Mykala Wimberley, junior) Photo by KMRG


Two students at Mesa Ridge High School have been recognized by the National Leadership Academy. Senior Kailyn Regidor and junior Mykala Wimberley attended an intensive four-day academy this summer in Boston that focused on developing leaders through compassion to others and service to the community.


Kailyn attended the Future Scientists and Technologists Academy and was able to determine the field of science she wants to pursue in college. Kailyn wants to be a biochemical engineer focusing on stem cell research.


 “I was inspired by the speakers who spoke about failing, persevering, and then succeeding. It gave me confidence to pursue what I want to do,” said Kailyn.


Mykala attended the Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Academy and was inspired to follow her dream to be a cardiologist.


“I learned that while becoming a doctor is hard work, with the right tools and resources, I could do it,” said Mykala.


The academy also focused on the importance of becoming involved in the community. The students learned how to seek volunteer opportunities within their own communities. Mykala has decided to volunteer at Penrose Hospital to shadow nurses and gain real-life experience that will benefit her career path.


To learn more about the National Leadership Academies, visit their website at