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Naa, the first on her mother’s side to graduate high school, excelled in her rigorous IB program. And as a testament to her Ghanaian heritage, Naa wanted to celebrate the diversity in her high school community, so she founded and became president of the International Cultural Club.

Naa who has also always had a caretaker’s heart visited her cousin three times a week at the hospital after a near death experience. She did the same for her best friend’s sister, when she was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease.  Her time at the hospital developed her interest in genetics research as a means to help others who are ill. Naa interned with the University of Chicago Hospitals as a patient liaison volunteer, where she saw, first hand, the powerful medical and emotional benefits medical professionals provide to their patients.