WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nikolas Bigger, a senior at Line Mountain Junior/Senior High School, was nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders this weekend.

The program is an honors-only event for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields, according to a press release.

The purpose of the event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists to stay true to their dreams, and after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goals, the press release read.

Bigger was nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Pennsylvania. He was chosen because of his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine, according to the release.

During the event, Bigger will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners discuss leading medical research. He will be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on how to do well in medical school. He will also hear the stories of patients who are living medical miracles and will learn about cutting-edge advances and the future of medicine and medical technology.

The event began Friday and will continue through Sunday.

Bigger is a son of Jill Herb, of Herndon, and Steven Bigger.