Shelby Clayton, Springboro, Health Science, is the 2018 Warren County Career Center Valedictorian. She plans to attend Wright State University, using her valedictorian scholarship, to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is considering either working in an Emergency Room or on a medical helicopter in the trauma-nursing field.
“I want to help people get the care they need so they can go home to their families,” Shelby said. “I like the idea of helping protect people. I work now as a swim instructor at Aqua Tots in Springboro. That is also protecting people.”
Shelby has an interest in sports and is a Master Instructor at Aqua Tots, where she works five days a week. She also finds time to do some community service. She swam on a team in middle school, and has played soccer from the age of three. She played both club and school soccer her freshman and sophomore years.
During her junior and senior years at WCCC, she earned academic college credit in algebra, anatomy, psychology, government, English, earned her State Tested Nursing Assistant certification, and earned some credits toward her degree from the health program.
“I decided to enroll at the Career Center because I saw the opportunities offered here,” she said. “Students have more options, and my program prepared me for my career. I will be a step ahead in nursing school because I know some of the medical terminology; I have my STNA certification, and I have hands-on experience with patients. We observed at Atrium Medical Center, Otterbein Senior Lifestyle and Miami Valley Hospital. That experience helped me before I went into debt in college to know that I want to do this career. What made me decide for sure was seeing how happy the family is after successful surgery on a loved one. I realize that not all situations will turn out the way we want, and some will be hard, but with time I think that will get easier to handle.”
As a part of the Health Science program, Shelby experienced the workplace environment of surgery and recovery at hospitals. She did clinical rotations as a part of earning her STNA certification, which is a requirement of nursing school. She knows that as she progresses into the nursing field, she will be working sometimes with little sleep on 12-hour shifts, but she says she is up for the challenge. “It will be hard, but I will survive,” she said.
She has mixed feelings as she moves into adulthood and an exciting career. “When I decided to come to the Career Center, it was hard to leave all my friends, but I still got to see everyone, and taking that step made me more of an outgoing person. I feel like it pushed me in the right direction. The teachers at the Career Center help you with college preparation and the application process. The classes were more hands on, and I built some positive relationships with my teachers. I am happy to be going to further my education, and sad because I will be growing up and moving on. But I am ready to see what my future holds for me.”
Shelby lives in Springboro with her mother and father, Beth and Shane Clayton, little sister Emma, and three dogs, two of which are puppies, she noted.
Isabella Ehret, Kings, is the Warren County Career Center 2018 Salutatorian. She chose to enroll in the Warren County Career Center’s Cosmetology program after a visit to the lab in her sophomore year of high school. She was being home-schooled, and saw the opportunities in the Cosmetology field, and at WCCC.
“The Career Center seemed to be a positive community with a focus on students,” she said. “It was the best decision I have ever made. We all make decisions in life where we cringe and we are not sure, but this one impacted my life in such a positive way. I feel ready to go take my state board test, thanks to my teacher. The Career Center prepares you for your job.”
Isabella said she has a philosophy of life that all women are beautiful and can be influential. “You can have an education and look good while doing it,” she said. “Cosmetology is the backbone to many things that many people don’t realize, from media to job interviews. Cosmetology is a representation of hygiene, and of taking care of yourself and awareness of anatomy and physiology.”
She has an immediate goal of working as a cosmetologist, and also plans to enroll at Western Governor’s University, based in Salt Lake City, earning a Bachelor of English Education online. She plans to earn her degree in two years, and wants to teach English and perhaps someday, art. At WCCC, she has earned college credits in Psychology, English, Anatomy and Government.
“I want to be that teacher who is there for every student, and inspire them,” she said. “All of my teachers have been great here. I had never thought about being a teacher, until I came to the Career Center. I got the opportunity to be a WCCC Student Ambassador and a member of the National Technical Honor Society. I felt like I was not in a sea of people, and that I could stand out academically and with my technical skills. I think more students should go to the Career Center. It is a maturing experience.”
Isabella’s long-term goal is to be on a Ted Talk one day, addressing the issues of body positivity, feminism, and how to help others in the world. She said she believes we are all here for a reason, and she advocates for thinking about the big picture. Her interest in art led her to a summer job as a caricature artist at Kamans Art Shoppes inside Kings Island.
Isabella lives in the Kings area with her mother Fiona Ahret-Kayser, little sister Lourdes Kayser, and step-father Steve Kayser.