EAGLE RIVER - Medical groups use the Congress of Future Medical Leaders to inspire, motivate and direct students following medicine.
It's an event for the brightest young Americans.
This year's event will include an Eagle River junior.
Jessica Sullivan goes to school at Northland Pines High School. She's excited to see the nation's capital for the first time.
But she wasn't completely on board with the opportunity when she first got the letter in the mail.
"At first I was kind of indifferent because I thought it was a scam, just something to get money," Sullivan said. "And then we looked into it and when we saw it was backed by the American Heart association then we began to get excited."
Sullivan has a genetic condition that impacts the symmetry of her body.
That's why her left leg was about four inches shorter than her right leg.
Doctors have helped extend the bone through painful operations to match the length of her right leg. Sullivan says she's had more than 10 surgeries.
But her mother Theresa finds inspiration in her daughter.
"Every day keeping her focus up and her optimism and determination and you know she's been my inspiration," Theresa said. "So I'm not just proud of her but I'm in awe."
Jessica Sullivan says she wants to help people the way doctors helped her. She'll be in Washington for the Congress on February 14th.
The Sullivan's will get the chance to meet PhDs, Nobel Prize winners and Ivy League reps during the three day program. Sullivan says each day's program starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m.
PHILLIPS - About seven years ago, a driver killed a pedestrian walking across Lake Avenue, the main street in downtown Phillips. It was dark and misty that night, and the walker was trying to cross in the middle of a block.
But pedestrians are often at risk in Northwoods downtowns, even on sunny days, and even when they're using crosswalks.
NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
RHINELANDER - We'll enjoy great weather this week, but we know it won't last too long. Workers at golf courses across the area know that incoming fall weather spells the end of their season, so they're trying to capitalize on the next few weeks of warm forecasts.
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