Lily Lane is the president of the Dallas ISD Teen School Board, which she considers one of her greatest accomplishments. “I saw the real impact Teen Board had on the district,” Lily said. “I knew I wanted to engage my peers to make lasting change for future students.”
Being a voice for the Dallas ISD student body isn’t the only change Lily was looking to make. Ever since she was a young girl, she always knew she wanted to be a surgeon to help people get a second chance at life, just like she was.
“Pediatric surgery came to mind because of the impact surgeons had on my life,” Lily said. “I wanted to pursue a profession that challenged me to reflect, learn, grow and give back. Without surgeons, many people, including myself, would not be able to lead a normal life.
Born in China with a cleft lip and palate, Lily has spent longer than average in hospital. It was only last year that she had her last constructive surgery. “I’ve always thought about the next surgery in the back of my mind, but now I can finally let that stress go,” she said.
Now a senior at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center School of Health Professions, Lily is following the path she always envisioned for herself, but making the decision that got her there wasn’t. easy.
Lily also had ambitions to pursue competitive gymnastics in hopes of one day performing at the Olympics. After devoting nine years and endless hours to the sport, she made the decision to follow her calling and immerse herself in the opportunities that drew her to Townview.
In her spare time, Lily teaches gymnastics to young children in order to keep her passion for the sport alive. After graduation, she will take a certification exam to become a phlebotomist and plans to work as one in college, which will help her gain more experience in the medical field. She plans to take a pre-med track in chemistry or biochemistry and hopes to go to medical school and become a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon.