In a hall full of Ph.D.s and nursing students presenting findings at last week's annual pediatric nursing conference, a just-graduated high school student stood out.
Daniel Sultan, 18, who graduated from Sayre High School in West Philadelphia in June, has long been active in his community. That's partly why he was chosen to take part in a joint research project with the University of Pennsylvania.
Sultan participated in a study called "Dance for Health: Increasing Fitness and Fun in the Community," which won first prize against 35 others at the 29th annual pediatric nursing conference in Center City last weekend. The program invited children and their families to a weekly dance class for five weeks. Sultan took weight and heart-rate readings of the participants and did surveys to see if the dancers were having a good time. "I just wanted to be involved in my community," Sultan said. "I wanted to teach folks what I knew, and be part of a solution."