VARDAMAN — This is the opportunity of a lifetime for a local girl with her eye on a career in nursing, but she needs a little help.
Jade Ruth, of Vardaman, has qualified to attend Careers in Medicine, a national youth leadership forum to be held at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore this summer and is soliciting donations to help pay for the trip.
“My mother is a nurse and I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” said Ruth, a junior at Vardaman High School. “I actually want to be a trauma nurse and after college I would love to come back here and work.”
Ruth is an honor student at Vardaman and was nominated for the forum by her teacher Gary “Boo” Griffin. Ruth was selected based on her academics, leadership potential and interest in a career in medicine. She is also a second-year Allied Health student at Calhoun County Vocational Center.
She is seeking to raise money to pay for tuition, room-and-board and airfare for the nine-day forum on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.
“I am writing an essay and will be glad to send it to anyone who wants to know what I am doing and why,” said Ruth. “I’ll also be glad to come by and talk to anyone about what I am trying to do.”
Careers in Medicine provides attendees with a comprehensive immersion experience designed to show youth the skills needed to achieve success in college and in the ever-expanding 21st century health care field.
Ruth will meet medical students at Johns Hopkins Hospital and learn just what is expected of a first-year medical student.
The forum also exposes attendees to career options, the medical school application process and lets them see the inner workings of a medical facility and talk with medical professionals. The forum promotes the communication, critical thinking and leadership skills necessary to succeed in a highly competitive health education environment.
“I’m on the honor roll and I know hard work pays off,” said Ruth. “I’m trying to make my dream come true and this is an opportunity to make it happen.”
Ruth is the daughter of Gene and Genia Ruth. They have set up an account at BancorpSouth in Vardaman. Potential donors can also contact Genia at 662-414-6477.