Local students hear from veteran, doctor

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. — Students in Humboldt were able to hear from a veteran on Monday.

U.S. Navy Veteran Dr. Russell Ledet spoke to Humboldt City School students at East Elementary and Humboldt Jr./Sr. High School.

He shared his personal story, his struggles and his achievements, according to the school system.

Ledet went from being a security guard in a Baton Rouge hospital to earning his Ph.D. in molecular oncology and tumor immunology from the NYU School of Medicine, according to Humboldt Schools.

They add that he also co-founded “The 15 White Coats,” a world-renowned organization that helps to
propel underrepresented minority students into medicine.

Not only did he speak with students during a special assembly, he also had lunch with a small group of
students that have expressed interest in a medical field of study, the school system says.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for students of Humboldt. Our students will have the privilege to hear and talk with Dr. Ledet who has persevered to earn his status in the medical field while continuing to
reach out to underrepresented young people to assist them in achieving their dreams,” said Superintendent Dr. Janice Epperson. “We appreciate this opportunity that Dr. Gina has coordinated for
us and for Dr. Ledet’s willingness to come to Humboldt to share his story.”

You can read the full news release from Humboldt City Schools here.

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