CDS 10th Grader's Innovative Idea to Combat Eating Disorders Receives Nationwide Attention
Alice Sutton, HOSA

In the bustling halls of Carrollwood Day School, amidst the flurry of academic pursuits and extracurricular activities, one student's remarkable initiative has captured the attention of healthcare professionals nationwide. Meet Alice S., a dedicated 10th-grade student and member of the esteemed Future Health Professionals (HOSA) organization at CDS.

Alice's journey began with her participation in HOSA's annual competition, where students are challenged to "Dare to Create" innovative solutions to pressing healthcare issues. Drawing upon her passion for mental health advocacy, Alice embarked on a mission to address the pervasive issue of eating disorders in America.

Her visionary idea? An ED (Early Detection) screening administered by pediatricians to identify signs of eating disorders in adolescents. Recognizing the critical importance of early intervention, Alice's proposal aimed to empower healthcare professionals to detect warning signs early on, thereby facilitating timely intervention and support for individuals in need.

Little did Alice know that her submission would resonate far beyond the confines of the competition. Her speech caught the attention of pediatricians who were deeply impressed by her insights and proactive approach to addressing a complex healthcare challenge. Subsequently, her idea will be featured at a Missouri State Pediatric Task Force, amplifying its impact and reach within the medical community.

Moreover, Alice's dedication to promoting mental health awareness garnered recognition from one of the foremost advocates for pediatric mental health nationwide. A heartfelt message of gratitude from this prominent figure served as a testament to the significance of Alice's contribution and the potential ripple effects of her idea.

At Carrollwood Day School, we take pride in nurturing students who not only excel academically but also demonstrate a commitment to making a positive difference in the world. Alice's initiative embodies the core values of CDS and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which emphasize the importance of empathy, innovation, and global citizenship.

Behind Alice's success stands the unwavering support of her HOSA advisors, Kiran Vaswani-Sippy and Lisa Esch, who have played instrumental roles in guiding and encouraging her throughout her journey. Their mentorship reflects the collaborative spirit and dedication to student growth that define the CDS community.

As we celebrate Alice's achievements, let her story serve as a source of inspiration for all members of the CDS family. Together, we continue to cultivate a culture of compassion, creativity, and social responsibility, empowering our students to effect positive change in the world.

Congratulations, Alice, on your extraordinary accomplishment. Your passion and determination are shining examples of the indomitable spirit of Patriot Nation.