BLUFFTON — Katie Prater, 17, a junior at Bluffton High School with a 4.0 grade point average, has her eyes set on possibly going to Ohio Northern University after she graduates in 2019.
“I want to go to school to be a nurse and then hopefully, after that, go back to school to be a nurse practitioner,” Prater said.
So why does she want to pursue a nursing career?
“I like helping people and medicine interests me, just the medical field. I think I want something that would be more interactive with people,” she said.
She’s hoping to get involved in the College Credit Plus program during her senior year, which will allow her to gain valuable college credit while still in high school.
Prater also takes advanced mathematics courses.
“Katie is in my advanced math juniors right now preparing for calculus next year. She’s been in my class the last two years. She’s just the most pleasant young lady and well-prepared in class all of the time. Her detail in her work is just phenomenal. She’s very, very intelligent. She has great math abilities and just an all-around good kid. She’s always prepared,” said Pam Riffle, mathematics teacher at Bluffton High School.
Prater participates in several sports, including volleyball, basketball and softball.
“It’s just nice to be on a team and just being involved in something other than school to keep you busy,” she said.
She’s also in Latin Club and spends time volunteering.
“I volunteer at Challenged Champions in Ottawa. It’s a horse therapy place where people of all ages go and they ride horses to help with different disabilities. It’s cool to interact with all the different people that go there, and I like horses too,” she said.
Going to school at Bluffton High School is also something she really likes.
“I like that it’s smaller because you know a lot of people in the school. I feel like [teachers] can get to know you better because there aren’t as many people, so they can help you with if you need help with anything,” she noted.
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