Melissa siblings Ben McGehee and Tyler McGehee earned a pair of very prestigious nominations which resulted in a trip to Washington, D.C.

Ben and Tyler were nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C. Feb. 14-16. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of the event was to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists to remain true to their dream and to provide a path and resources to help them reach their goal.

The McGehees, both juniors at Melissa High School, were nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, the medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent Texas based on their academic achievement,, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day event, Ben and Tyler joined students from across the country to hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research and to be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what is to be expected in med school.

"This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially," said Richard Rossi, executive director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. "Focused, bright and determined students…are our future and [they] deserve all the mentoring and guidance we can give [them.]"

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy plans to launch in 2013 and 2014 are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and more.