The following is one of four winning essays 2in the First Security Bank and Trust Company’s Scholarship Program, which is an endeavor to assist deserving Letcher County Students to further their post-secondary education. Each winner will receive $650 payable to the college or vocational-technical school of their choice.
“My American Dream” by Janie Marie Adams. Ms. Adams of Premium, is the 18-year-old daughter of Frank and Jeannie Adams and attends Whitesburg High School.
Throughout my lifetime I have had my share of dreams. Many times, my dreams have changed. However, one dream has been a constant guide in my life’s path. That dream is that I have the opportunity to become a nurse.
A nurse is an individual who chooses to give others a part of themselves. They offer their kindness, skills and dedication with hopes that they can somehow help another individual. This is the kind of person I am and always will be. That is why I dream of becoming a nurse.
I believe events in my childhood inspired me to work in the health care profession. Being diagnosed with medical problems at an early age, I often went to different doctors. Like most children I detested the doctor and everything it represented. My mother would mention the word doctor and I envisioned medicine and shots.
During these visits to the doctor, I had many experiences with nurses. I often remember the comfort that the nurses provided with their kind words and reassurance. They offered their skills to help me feel more comfortable. I would like the opportunity to be a benefit to others. That’s why I would like to become a nurse.
To help achieve my dreams, I took a health service program offered through the vocational school. This program is designed to allow high school students to study different health occupations. It offers opportunities for students to have clinical experiences at both hospitals and nursing homes. Upon completion of the class a written and performance exam is given to allow students to become a certified nurse assistant. I took advantage of both the clinicals and certification. Today I am a certified nurse assistant. I know this will aid me in obtaining my dreams to become a nurse.
I plan to further my dreams of education at Morehead State University. I would like to receive a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Specializing in pediatrics or obstetrics is one of my goals. After receiving my degree, I hope to work in either a children’s hospital or a clinic.
I know that my dreams will become a reality only if I allow those dreams to guide my path. That is why I have chosen the roads that I have taken. So, if you were to ask me what my American dream is, I would have to say that I dream of becoming a nurse.
News from some of the classrooms during March
Mrs. Cornett’s science classes are working on entries for their portfolios.
Mr. Bart Frazier’s classes are studying the Egyptian civilization and working on building pyramids.
Mrs. Brown’s and Mrs. Ilic’s classes had a guest speaker, Debbie Lowe, who shared her experiences in Israel with the classes.
Mr. High’s classes are working on various projects. The First Aid & Safety class is working on emergency plans, the P.E. classes are working on conditioning and the third period class is conducting a survey on Physical Fitness.
Mrs. Wright’s yearbook staff is working on the annual. They need pictures of students enjoying themselves in the recent snows. Additionally, they would like to have pictures of students outside the school environment, baby snapshots of seniors and other pictures you’d like to submit for use. Yearbooks are on sale for $26 until the end of February with a $1 charge to have your name on the cover.
Mrs. Roark’s advanced art classes are working on making kaleidoscopes.
Congrats to Robert Brown! Robert F. Brown has been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. Robert is one of 350 high school students from across the nation selected to attend the conference whose theme is “The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today.”
Robert, a senior, is the son of William and Charlotte Brown of Dry Fork. News from Sept. 27, 1995
Festival of Bands – The first Festival of Bands was held Tuesday evening at the Whitesburg Football Field. All four bands from the county’s high schools presented their half-time show.
Our best wishes for a successful competition season go out to all the bands, especially our own marching Yellowjacket Band.
Personal Computers – The students in Mrs. Barbara Bates personal computer classes have been very busy. Each student is learning proper keyboarding techniques and the various applications of the computers. One of the students’ favorite activities thus far has been learning to use the paintbrush program to create pictures.
Humanities – Students in the Humanities classes have read and watched “Night Rider” by Gurney Norman. Then they had an opportunity to meet Mr. Norman and talk with him and discuss his work.
Art – Mrs. Gail Roark’s students spent this week discussing how soap was made and the pastime of carving. The two were combined as students made soap sculptures. These are currently on display in the library. Library News – Mrs. Sandy Banks, librarian, reports that in the not too distant future WHS will be automated. This means that the card catalog will be computerized as will the check out system. This will prepare our students for dealing with the larger libraries of colleges.