Danielle Fournier, a Kempner High School senior and student in Fort Bend ISD’s Gifted and Talented Mentorship Program, received “The Rising Star” award presented by The University of Texas’ School of Public Health and the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living.
The award honors one young Texan (13-18 years of age), who demonstrates exceptional leadership in the community to raise awareness and reduce the burden of the obesity epidemic. The award is presented annually during Texas Obesity Awareness Week.
Fournier was honored during the Texas Health Champion Awards Ceremony, held September 12. As the award winner, she received a full scholarship to travel to Nashville in November to attend the Southern Obesity Summit, which is considered the country’s largest regional obesity event.
As a student in FBISD’s Gifted and Talented Mentorship Program, taught by Naomi Brown, Fournier has chosen “The economics of childhood obesity” as her research topic. Her Rising Star award will help further her research efforts in this global epidemic.