STAR 2013

Our Mission

The Ochsner STAR program provides qualified high school students, particularly those with limited means and access, a cost-free opportunity to explore the world of healthcare. Through a rigorous, hands-on summer course focusing on science, technology, academics, and research, STAR aims to engage and inspire students to pursue further education and careers in science and medicine.

STAR Class of 2013

Neill Aguiluz
Team Leader
Academic Outreach Coordinator

De'Jana' Parker
Junior Team Leader
Star Alumna 2010

Manahil Cheema
Bonnabel High School

Chiara Dellihoue
Edna Karr High School

Michael Denham
Mandeville High School

David Dupart
Holy Cross School

Jacob Elnaggar
Benjamin Franklin High School

Madeline Evans
Dominican High School

Kathlen Garmendia
West Jefferson High School

Sharon Luc
Academy of Our Lady

Sydney Monix
Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy

Sarah Normand
Academy of the Sacred Heart

Celeste Reames
Cabrini High School

Allen Stenson
Sci Academy

Lekha Thangada
Isidore Newman School

Sarah Wang
Benjamin Franklin High School

Jaymalisa Whatley
West Jefferson High School

Richard Williams
Jesuit High School

Weekly Newsletter - The Rising Star Gazette

Each student project group compiled a newsletter for one week of the STAR Program, with the goal of recapping their experience during the previous week, offering medical terminology activities, and previewing the activities scheduled for the week ahead. These newsletters were entirely student-produced, with minor review from STAR administration prior to publishing.

Student Music Video Project

Students were tasked with writing, producing, filming, and editing a music video relating to their experiences at Ochsner and in the STAR Program. The final product was presented to family, friends, and mentors at the students' Culmination Ceremony.

"Save Me Maybe" - STAR Class of 2013 Students