A group of area high schoolers spent much of the past six weeks at the hospital – on purpose.

Through Medical Center of McKinney's junior volunteer program, the students – on their summer break – were the eyes and ears for several departments four hours a day, three days a week. Dull moments were few and far between.

"There was no standing around," said Patrick Feng, soon to be a senior at Allen High School. "When I worked in the [emergency room], I was sweating the entire time, running everywhere. It was non-stop."

Feng and eight other junior volunteers – four from McKinney, two from Plano, one from Frisco and one from Lovejoy – learned their roles from the MCM Auxiliary, a group of mostly senior volunteers who raise money and do the work year-round.

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Chris Beattie (cbeattie@starlocalnews.com)