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FARMINGTON — A Piedra Vista High School student joined teenagers from around the country this summer in participating in the National Native American Youth Initiative.

Samantha Begay was among 25 students who took part in the nine-day program in Washington, D.C., according to a press release from the Association of American Indian Physicians, which organizes the program.

The program encourages Native American students to pursue careers in health. Program Director Gary Lankford said in the press release that the program exposes students to many possible careers in health care.

This summer, students went on field trips to several sites, including the National Institutes of Health, the George Washington University School of Medicine, Indian Health Service and the National Library of Medicine, the release states.

They also attended presentations by physicians, educators and researchers.

Begay, who is both Navajo and Tewa, is the daughter of Michael and Jenifer Begay.

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