MEXICO — Blair Stevens wanted to make doubly sure that going into nursing was the right thing for her.

And she did.

Blair, a senior at Telstar High School, completed the certified nursing assistant program at the Region 9 School of Applied Technology, where she became the 2016 Student of the Year for the vocational school.

And in late August, she will begin a four-year program in nursing at Husson University.

“I want to be there for people in their time of need,” she said. “It’s a scary time for the family.”

She attributes her goal of becoming a registered nurse to her family and church, as well.

“I know many great nurses,” she said. “It’s an honorable profession and I want to do something selfless.”

Throughout her high school and vocational school career, Blair has participated in SkillsUSA and is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and the Interact Club, the youth branch of Rotary. She has served on the student council at Telstar and is a three-season athlete who has played field hockey, basketball and softball.

“It feels good,” she said of the Region 9 honor. “My family is proud and I like to make them feel proud.”

She said she also had the highest GPA in her certified nursing assistant class.

“I’m excited and nervous, but I’m anxious to start doing what I plan to do for the rest of my life,” she said of her upcoming training to become a nurse.

As part of her CNA training, she worked in rotation at Rumford Hospital and Rumford Community Home.

Blair is the daughter of Scott and Amy Stevens.

She will march with 51 other seniors at Telstar High School during the June 10 graduation.


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