Player to take part in exploratory learning program at Emory

Published 12:27 pm Friday, May 17, 2019


Ayana Player of Columbiana will join other high school students from across the nation this summer to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience at Emory University in Atlanta.

At NYLF Advanced Medicine & Health Care, one of the Envision family of programs, will enable Player and other participants to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

Ayana Player of Columbiana will attend the NYLF Advanced Medicine & Health Care program at Emory University in Atlanta this summer. (Contributed)

Player is an aspiring student at Shelby County High School.

She is the daughter of Lasonya Harris and the granddaughter of Clarence Sr. and Dorothy Harris of Columbiana.

Ayana is a part of the student government at SCHS and a member of the University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound program.

With dreams of becoming a nurse, Player looks forward to the hands-on medical

experience the forum provides.

“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for Ayana to meet, work and collaborate with other high aspiring students from across the country and the globe,” said Amanda Freitag Thomas, SVP for Envision. “Hands down, my favorite part of attending an Envision program was being with motivated students in an environment designed to help us challenge our assumptions, meet new people and grow. Creating that same

learning environment is a central focus for all of our programs. At NYLF Advanced Medicine & Health Care students build the confidence and skills needed to excel at college and in the workplace. They learn how to adapt to and communicate in new situations, to new challenges and with new people, which, given how rapidly the world is changing due to technology and innovation, are essential skills for success.”

Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape.