CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - From a dummy in a gurney to a model of the human anatomy, inside room A203 at the Academy for Technology and Academics, students use the medical props to work toward becoming certified nursing assistants. For 17-year-old Michelle Everitt, it's a dream come true.
"Ever since I was younger I just wanted to care for things, like my cat one time injured a bird and I took care of its leg and nursed it back to health and it's just things like that, that made me realize I like taking care of things," she said.
When Everitt graduates, she'll have enough knowledge to get certified and hopes to use the skills while attending Coker College in Hartsville next year.
"It's a really small town kind of like downtown Conway, everything is within walking distance, they have a hospital there and like five nursing homes that I can work in if I become a CNA while also going to school," she said.
She's a doctor in training with ambitious goals. And with grades that have her second in class and a list of activities that include playing volleyball, a member of Health Occupational Students of America, Key Club, Beta Club and National Honor Society, just to name a few, she's prepared.
"During volleyball season you get home after a game, three games a week, get home about 8:00, have about two hours worth of homework, got to get up about 5 a.m. so it's not easy, but it's worth it in the end," she said.