The Warren County Career Center Valedictorian for 2022 is Lydia Steele, Little Miami, Pre-Nursing with Mrs. Banks. The 2022 WCCC Salutatorian is Diyora Olimjonova, Mason, Pre-Nursing with Mrs. Patterson.
Valedictorian Lydia Steele plans to attend Sinclair Community College, using her Tech Prep Scholarship, to earn an Associate in Nursing and sit for the N-CLEX RN examination developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Once she is working as a Registered Nurse, she plans to continue on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and ultimately a Master of Science in Nursing.
“I always liked school, but I would have tried to graduate early if I had stayed at my home school,” she said. “I applied for the Pre-Nursing program at the Career Center because there is nowhere else can I go and work in my field of choice while still in high school. I have been taking all the advanced classes to get a head start on college. My sister attended WCCC in the Carpentry program, and she is now working full time as a carpenter. I didn’t even know nursing was a course option at WCCC until my sister went there and recommended the nursing program to me.”
Lydia said the Pre-Nursing program prepared her for her career in many ways, including the opportunity to earn industry certifications. She has been on early work release her senior year, working at Otterbein in Maineville.
“The certifications are everything,” she said. “My instructor, Mrs. Banks, talked to us like adults and let us know what it is like as a nurse day to day, because she had worked as a nurse for several years before becoming a teacher. The hands-on experience was very interactive, and getting a feel for nursing first-hand is super helpful. I have earned several certifications, including STNA, Patient Care Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, First Aid, and CPR.”
“I like being there for the patients, and helping as an aide,” she said. “As a nurse, want to take it further so I can be the one bringing peace to them when I come in the room. I want to be a harbinger of peace.”
Outside of her school work, Lydia enjoys hiking and rock climbing, sewing and quilting with her grandma, and reading. In 10 years, she sees herself situated in a hospital as a nurse, finished with her Bachelor degree, and also hopes to have a family by then.
Salutatorian Diyora Olimjonova plans to attend Miami University in the fall to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and aspires to be a Nurse Practitioner. She also has an interest in entrepreneurship, and would like to own her own business someday.
In her sophomore year of high school, Diyora moved to the Kings School District from California, where she had just been accepted into a health science program. She attended the WCCC sophomore presentations at Kings High School and was very happy to find out she could apply for a similar health program in Ohio. Her family recently moved to Mason, but she still considers Kings as her home school. During her two years at WCCC, she earned certification in STNA, Patient Care Technician, Certified Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Tech, CPR, Stop the Bleed, Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant, and QPR, which is a gatekeeper training for suicide prevention.
“The Pre-Nursing program helped me see and experience what it is really like to be a nurse; instead of just what my dream of what it would be, I really did it,” she said. “In the beginning of the program, I was asking myself, ‘Do I really want to do this?’ and by the end of it, I said, ‘Yes, I do!’ If I had not come to this school, I would not have known all the opportunities there are in being a nurse. With a four-year degree in nursing, you have a lot of options to grow.”
Diyora said she likes the human interaction of being a nurse in direct care, saying, “People’s lives are in our hands.” She also loves working with children and teaching, volunteering at a preschool in Mason. Her hobbies include crafting, baking and cooking, and she enjoys learning about foods from other cultures.
In 10 years, she said, “I hope to be a mom, be finished with school and working in a practice, or I might be a business owner. I would also like to be a motivational speaker to inspire young girls to reach for their dreams.”