CCHS sophomore James Cecil participated in the SOAR Appalachian Health Hack-a-Thon. The three day event was held at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky on October 6—8, 2016. The event focused on action-oriented innovation for the future of health and was modeled after MIT’s hacking medicine program, which helps develop solutions to some of the toughest problems in medicine. James is pictured below with his team, which placed 3rd at the event. One of his teammates followed up with the message below to his guidance counselor at CCHS.
“I am Lori Lawson, POCC/Laboratory. I work at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Ky. I was attending the SOAR/MIT Healthcare Hack-a-Thon at the Center for Rural Development when a student of yours became a member of my team. His name is James Cecil. He informed me that he was a sophomore at Clinton County High School. We placed 3rd with our medical innovation regarding Childhood Obesity. He was very active and involved in our project, and was not at all intimidated by our team that was compromised of four medical professionals, and one Conservationist. He was the only High School Student that was at the Center, although there were multiple high schools participating digitally from the Eastern Appalachian Region of Kentucky. He was our IT/Coder. Most teams had professional IT/Coders, or Graduate Students from the University of Kentucky, Berea College, and University of Louisville. James conducted an impromptu survey via text message that MIT personnel deemed brilliant. It was an honor to work with him. He was professional, polite, and well behaved. He represented Clinton County High School in a big way.”