April Oertle: Our 2015-2016 Essay Contest Winner

April Oertle is a resident of San Diego and is currently a Junior at Serra High School. Her inspiration for her essay on combating infections in the hospital by using naturally-occurring copper instead of medication was inspired by her time volunteering at the Scripps Memorial Hospital and an article that she had read in the newspaper about the topic.

She is extremely interested in pursuing medicine as a career, and would like to focus on emergency medicine or neurosurgery. April has founded the Pre-Medical Club on her high school campus and has completed two summer internships at the University of Alaska and the Johns Hopkins Summer Program, which have all helped her learn about medicine first-hand.
Aside from being an aspiring doctor, April enjoys her AP Psychology in school and her hobbies include playing and coaching soccer. She is also a budding artist who enjoys painting landscape art.