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Mercy Auxiliary invests in future of science, medicine

A dozen $1,100 scholarships awarded during lunch at Serrano Country Club
By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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EL DORADO HILLS, CA - Biology, genetics, nursing, medicine and surgery are the career goals of a dozen people who were awarded scholarships to continue their education during a special luncheon in El Dorado Hills on Friday.

The Mercy Auxiliary, a nonprofit group which runs the gift shop in the hospital and takes on other volunteer duties.

For Oak Ridge High School senior Kimberly Berg, the money will help her pursue a cutting-edge career.

“I’m planning a career as a scientific researcher in the field of genetics,” said the El Dorado Hills teenager. “I’ve always liked biology.”

Vivian Lam, a Folsom senior, has been accepted at Stanford University.

“I’m going into pre-med,” she said. “I’m going into the medical field and my ultimate goal is to be a surgeon.”

Lam’s life ambition, though, is to represent her country in a sporting capacity.

“I really want to run in the Olympics,” said Lam, Folsom High’s top female distance runner.

She found out Dec. 15 she was accepted to Stanford.

Paige Laughon, also a senior at Folsom High, is planning to attend Humboldt State.

“I’m going to study psychology,” she said. “I’m thinking of becoming a child therapist.”

Michael Ricks, the new president of Mercy Folsom hospital, said the medical facility has great plans for the future.

“I love the community,” he said. “I am looking forward to moving my family here from Stockton.”

He said a $20 million cancer treatment center, as a three-year project, is in the works.

Carole Sharkey, with the Mercy Auxiliary, was proud of the recipients.

“The committee was very impressed with all who applied,” she said. “The money comes from our hospital gift shop.”