SOUTHEASTERN SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
Cara Childs, Medical Assisting, Norton, Class of 2021
Cara Childs is being honored as the top senior at Southeastern Regional from Norton, Massachusetts. Cara is from the Medical Assisting program. Her presence at Southeastern will be missed, but there’s also no doubt she has a bright future ahead of her.
Cara always wanted to work in the medical field since she was little. When she chose her vocational program, Cara thought of her desire to help others and wanted the satisfaction of knowing that she was not only making a difference in her patients’ lives, but in their families’ lives as well. During her time at Southeastern, she has accomplished and fulfilled her most desired goals.
While a student at Southeastern, Cara participated in extracurricular activities to take on leadership roles and practice her leadership skills. She was part of the Community Service Club, Girl Scouts, and the National Honor Society. Cara is also heavily involved in SkillsUSA as the SkillsUSA Chapter Office President for Southeastern. Being a part of SkillsUSA has given her the chance to accomplish a great deal as a student in Medical Assisting. This year, Cara placed 2nd overall at the district-level Medical Assisting competition, 1st at the state-level competition, and will represent Massachusetts at the National virtual competition in June. Additionally, during her sophomore year, Cara joined the Massachusetts HOBY Youth Leadership organization and was chosen to attend their seminar at Bentley University to learn what it takes to be a leader and met many inspirational people.
Cara also participated in a cooperative education opportunity as Medical Assistant at Tristan Medical Care Center in Norton, MA, where she assessed vital signs, gave injections, drew blood, performed rapid drug screenings, urine analysis, along with many other tasks. She has also been a dancer at the Art in Motion Academy of Dance in her hometown of Norton for 15 years.
When asked what she would tell her freshman self, Cara said, “The advice I would give to my freshman self would be to join SkillsUSA earlier and to get involved with everything it has to offer. This program prepares you for the real world of work and allows you to meet many new people. I wish I joined as soon as I heard about it because it has truly helped me become a better individual and leader. SkillsUSA has motivated me to work hard and to excel as a student.”
After she graduates, Cara will attend UMASS Dartmouth to major in Nursing. It is a great comfort to know that such an amazing student and healthcare worker is entering the nursing field!
The Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School District consists of a four-year public high school and a post-secondary technical institute. The high school offers twenty career majors to students from Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.
To learn more about Southeastern, please visit https://www.sersd.org/
Written by Calla Streeter, Nurse Assisting, Norton