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August 9, 2003 - Issue 93


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5 Mescalero Students Get NMSU Experience

by Sandy Suggitt Ruidoso News

Mescalero Apache SchoolFive high school students from the Mescalero Apache School lived in dorms and ate in the cafeteria at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, attending a summer enrichment program on health careers this summer.

Most of the students were members of the Health Careers Opportunity Program at the school and had attended a two-day conference in Farmington in May. The summer enrichment session was six weeks, from June 1 through July 11.

Myrtii Kanseah, a senior considering a career in pediatrics, said the students were required to turn in an application and an essay saying why they wanted to go and how they would benefit. She said the main purpose was to get college experience.

Jesse Martinez said he wanted to learn how to get into college and how to become an epidemiologist. The activity that had the biggest impact on him was the job shadowing they did on Fridays. He shadowed two epidemiologists.

"It gave us new opportunities to learn how professionals at and to see what their jobs were," Martinez said. He added that it's a good experience for people who want to learn to get into college.

Jacob De la Cruz, who is considering a career as a pediatrician, said the highlight for him was meeting new people. He shadowed an emergency medical technician and a social worker.

Besides the Mescalero school, 28 other students came from Alamo-Navajo, Tularosa, Lordsburg, Hot Springs, Santa Teresa, Magdalena, Gadsden and Hatch Valley schools. They took pre- and post-tests and participated in enrichment activities in biology, chemistry, computers, medical terminology, environmental ecology, English, math and study skills. In addition, they went on field trips to White Sands, Carlsbad, Old Mesilla, Dripping Spring, and to a play in El Paso, "Viva El Paso."

The students received a stipend for attending and graduating from the program, said Donna McFadden, mother of Donnell McFadden, a sophomore who wants to be a veterinarian.

Kanseah said the teachers were trying to get them to college level, and the students were used to high school.

"Some of them got on your nerves," De la Cruz, said.

Students received special trophies and certificates for their participation: Kanseah for "Happy Go Lucky," McFadden for "Most Mysterious," Martinez for "Longest Short Story," Shaleen Evans for "Most Helpful," and De la Cruz for "Cleanest Room." Martinez also received the computer award for most-improved student, and McFaden received English and medical terminology awards for his grade level.

The Health Careers Opportunity Program is a new addition to the many health-related programs at the Southern Area Health Education Center at NMSU, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the program is to create a diverse health work force that is prepared to meet the needs of underserved communities.

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