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High school students to participate in health careers program June 17-29

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (June 12, 2007)   —   Thirty rising 10th graders from across eastern North Carolina have been selected to participate in the 14th annual Ventures Into Health Careers Institute at East Carolina University June 17-29.

The two-week program, sponsored by the Eastern Area Health Education Center, gives students an opportunity to explore medicine, nursing, physical therapy, medical laboratory work and other health-related careers at ECU, Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Pitt Community College and elsewhere. The program includes observation of health professionals at work, seminars and workshops on academic preparation for health careers, and personal development and self-awareness activities.

New this year, students will study in the ECU School of Nursings simulation labs June 19 from 1-3 p.m. They also will participate in a disease outbreak investigation led by the N.C. Public Health Regional Surveillance Team. That will be June 25 from 1-5 p.m.

Reporters who would like to do stories about the students in the Ventures Institute should call Tashara James with Eastern AHEC at 744-5231 or the ECU health sciences news office at 744-2481 to set up a specific time and place to meet.

Following is a list of participants by county:

Beaufort County
Kayla Haywood of Chocowinity

Bertie County
Charles Dobson, Terez Heckstall and RaShawnda Murphy of Windsor

Craven County
Breyanna Wright of New Bern

Edgecombe County
Courtney Hart of Battleboro

Greene County
Lenelle Welch of Snow Hill

Halifax County
Erika Vaughn of Halifax
Zeandra Jones of Roanoke Rapids
Stephon Garris and Anthony Pittman of Enfield
Damion Lewis of Tillery

Hertford County
Johnisha Hardy of Murfreesboro

Lenoir County
Shanice Dawson, Kimberly Hunter and Andrew Sualevai of Kinston

Martin County
Shaivya Pathak of Williamston
Jasmine Ross of Robersonville

Nash County
Jonathan Kim and Jessica Hill of Rocky Mount

Northampton County
Brittany Melton of Rich Square

Pasquotank County
Rebecca Gregory and Kaylah Hughes of Elizabeth City

Pitt County
Kofi Monney, Ahmad Quran and Natasha Tyson of Greenville
Jennifer Zhu of Winterville

Wayne County
Lucero Ponce of Dudley
Lady Maricela Salinas of Seven Springs

Wilson County
Myeshia Johnson of Stantonsburg


Contact: Doug Boyd | 252-744-2481