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August 2010 CTE Student/Non-Traditional Student of the Month

CTE Students of the Month - August 2010
 Student of the Month Non-Traditional Student

 Stormer Kyker

Bradley Central

High School

 Health Science


 Shannon Craig

 Bradley Central

High School

Health Science


2010 National Winnner Gold, Outstanding HOSA Chapter 

    My name is Stormer Kyker, and I am a proud Bradley graduate. I have three older sisters and one older brother so being the youngest; I had a lot to live up to.  Growing up I did numerous sports which include: basketball, soft ball, cheerleading, swimming, track and field, soccer, powder puff football, and bmx racing, all of which I now consider my hobbies or things I like to do.  My other hobbies include fishing, hunting, four wheeling, and riding horses. Though all of these things are a lot of fun, I found one thing that I absolutely love and that is the health care field. When I was younger I didn't really go through my stages of wanting to be a famous singer or a movie star, I wanted to be a doctor, or as I would say "the nice lady that makes kids better". Besides balls and bicycles all I wanted to play with was a doctor kit or band-aids.  As years went by, from playing with plastic doctor kits to making my family members and friends pretend like they were hurt, they all soon realized that my pretending to be a doctor was not only a fun game to play, but my passion in life.

    Though I knew what I wanted to be, I didn't quite know how I was going to accomplish such a big dream. When I started high school at Bradley in 2006 I had a health science class, which is the beginning class if you want to start in the health classes, that taught me more than I thought a class could offer in one short semester. From that class on I got more and more interested in HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America). I took as many classes as my schedule would allow while I was at Bradley. These classes include: Health Science, EMT, Forensics, Medical Therapeutics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Nursing Education. My sophomore year I got more involved in HOSA and took part in competition and loved it. My junior and senior year I got more and more into HOSA and went all the way to National Competition both years. It was only my senior year I received first place. HOSA and the Health Science program helped me realize how I was going to become a doctor through the skills, knowledge, and preparedness it teaches you.

    Throughout my high school years a few things kept me striving to do well and stay focused. One of them was the health science teacher, who happened to be my favorite teacher, Cindy Leslie. Her great teaching skills and her ability to make me interested in anything we were discussing in class made me want to be in this field more. The most important thing was my great grandmother, who assured me I could be anything I wanted to be. She has always been right there to remind me or give me the push I needed to finish out my high school career with the grades and knowledge base I needed to have. 

    This fall I will be attending East Tennessee State University working toward a major in Pre Medicine Biology and a minor in Business Administration. I am confident that I will do well in school because of God, my family, friends, and the Health Science program at Bradley.  

2010 Tennessee State Breaking Traditions Award Winner - Shannon Craig

 First, I would like to thank Mrs. Cindy Leslie for everything she has done for me. I would like her to know that she has truly helped me get to were I am today.

Hi, I'm Shannon. Most people know me by my love for emergency medicine. I can honestly say that I am one hundred percent dedicated to becoming an EMT and then a paramedic. This year I am starting college at Cleveland State. I am enrolled in EMT - IV Accelerated. I am excited about taking the next step into my future; I know that my teachers at Bradley prepared me for college. I was at Bradley for only four years and during that time, I made friends that I will never forget and that includes my CTE teachers. I won many awards while in high school, I am a Who's Who Among American High School Students winner, I won the Tennessee Breaking Traditions Award, and the 2010 Poiema Science Essay Competition through Lee. During my four years at Bradley, a lot happened in my life. I had many challenges thrown at me, but they all made me stronger. I always knew that I wanted to work in EMS, but it was not until I took Clinical Internship that I realized how much I really liked it. I got to work with some great people at Bradley County EMS. I will never forget all the fun stuff I have gotten to do and all the wonderful people that I was able to meet. My high school years are over now and I am in college but I am so excited about this new chapter in my life. In the future, I hope to become a flight nurse and I have even thought about becoming a trauma surgeon. I do not know what I will end up doing but I know it will be great and that I am ready for the challenge thanks to HOSA and FFA. I will miss everyone that made a difference in my life at Bradley and I hope to someday return the favor.

Paramedics never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved.

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