NEWS BRIEFS — Contra dance set tonight in Port Angeles . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Perpetual e-Motion will play and Vermont caller Will Mentor will lead the dancers at a special dance in the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, at 6:30 p.m. today.

Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and teens and $5 for children younger than 13.

Perpetual e-Motion has been a hit their two previous visits to Port Angeles.

“We fit them into our schedule however we can because everyone loves their music, drawing dancers from as far as Victoria, Quilcene and Forks,” said Tom Shindler with Black Diamond Dance.

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Port Angeles student chosen for D.C. meeting

PORT ANGELES — Sydney Roberts was selected to represent Port Angeles and Washington state at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 14-16.

The congress is sponsored by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

Sydney, a Port Angeles High School junior, was nominated to attend based on her “outstanding grades, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine,” according to a news release.

She is one of 32 students selected from Washington state and was nominated by the medical director of the academy, Dr. E. Connie Mariano, M.D., FACP.

To attend, Sydney needs to raise $1,800. She will be holding a garage sale this Friday and Saturday at 1304 Marie View St. to help raise the funds.

At the congress, Sydney will be awarded the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Achievement.

The congress was created by the academy to gather some of the country’s finest high school students who aspire to careers in medicine and single them out for special recognition and ongoing mentorship.

Sydney will be mentored by Nobel Prize laureates, top medical school deans, Ivy League academic leaders and leaders in medical research and cutting-edge technology, according to the release.

She will watch a live robot-assisted surgery and have the chance to ask the surgeon questions during the procedure.

She will learn about 3-D printing of body parts, nanotechnology, synthetic organs, limb regeneration and more.

“The congress is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore what I want to do in life by making a difference in this world and saving lives,” Sydney said.

“I have always been interested in anatomy. I am fascinated by the scientific breakthroughs that I could be a part of and develop. It would be amazing to work on creating synthetic limbs with 3-D printing or using organic matter to repair tissue.”

Sydney plans on majoring in biomedical engineering in college.

Cat adoptions

SEQUIM — The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has cats available for adoption at Petco, 1205 W. Washington St.

Two cats are there every day, and additional cats are brought in every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public is invited to come in and see the cats.

For more information, phone 360-477-0198, email or visit

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