Two Bosque Seniors Present to a Full Room at Conference

Madison ‘20 and Allison ‘20 spoke about Bosque School’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program to a room filled with wilderness-associated professionals at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) at the start of the month.

The annual conference is held in different U.S. cities each year. This year, the conference took place at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. The conference is organized by NOLS, a nonprofit global wilderness school. NOLS states, “The core objective of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is to offer an outstanding educational experience to help you mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places.” Allison and Madison were able to shed light on Bosque’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

Allison ‘20 shared, “We talked about how our MRC program is conducive to administration of care in the outdoors.”  In their speech about MRC, Madison ‘20 said, “This program is special, not just for responders and patients, but everyone in the Bosque community. Responders in the program can deliver high quality medicinal treatment in school and wilderness settings, but physician medical control is critical to the success and legitimacy of the program.”

Head of School, Dr. Jessie Barrie, had a hand in organizing their involvement and was present for their presentation. Dr. Barrie shared, “The conference brings together leaders in risk management from across different fields—education, camps, medical programs, universities—to talk about best practices around risk-management in the wilderness. When I found out the conference was going to be in Albuquerque, I reached out to Dan Shaw about how it could be an outstanding opportunity for us to showcase our MRC program, which is a really unique program for a high school. He had, in typical fashion of our MRC program and in terms of making this experience as student-centered as possible, two of his senior co-presidents, Madison and Allison, submit a workshop proposal, which was accepted. This was, in it of itself, a huge accomplishment. They were accepted to give a short talk of 20 minutes to share the core, unique elements of our program. They spoke to a room of 200-300 adults. To my knowledge, they were the only high school students who presented at the multi-day conference. They presented so effectively and meaningfully on the logistics of the program, how it works and what they are licensed to do, and how they manage protocols and function in our community, in essence as a school nurse functions. They showcased brilliant professionalism and public-speaking skills and  fielded challenging questions with grace and great wisdom. They overwhelmed the room with their capacity as high school students to not only be doing this work, but to be able to speak meaningfully about it.”

Madison and Allison, we are so proud of the way you represented Bosque School! Watch a short clip of their presentation.