WAYNESFIELD — Kayla Wicker, 17, and a senior at Waynesfield Goshen High School is hoping for a career in the medical field.
“Right now my goal is to become a CRNA, which is a nurse anesthetist, and I’m looking at four different colleges at the moment,” said Wicker.
On the list are Wright State University, Ball State University, the University of Akron, and the University of Cincinnati.
Becoming a nurse anesthetist wasn’t her first choice, though.
“My mom’s a physical therapist, and I recently broke my ankle and had to have surgery, and then I kind of started thinking physical therapy would be good, like maybe that was what I was supposed to do. Maybe that’s why I actually broke my ankle so I know what I want to do with my life. So I started looking at nursing and then it just popped up on the Internet, so I was like, ‘This sounds cool,’ so I researched it and found what their everyday job was, kind of the things that they do, so it just kind of interested me a little more than physical therapy,” she said.
Wicker is a member of the Waynesfield-Goshen girls basketball team but was limited by injuries. She says she enjoys the competition.
“It’s always active. Like in volleyball [which she had played previously], you’re standing, waiting for someone to serve and about the only time you really stop in basketball is for free throws, and sometimes it’s good for that because you need a break,” she said.
Wicker has also been active in 4-H, showing her goats throughout the years at the Auglaize County Fair.
“This last year I think will be my 11th year showing goats, so I’ve done it for a long time,” she said.
She didn’t do as well as she was hoping during the most recent fair.
“I had a really fat goat and I ran him every day and tried to get him to lose weight and he would not lose weight, and I had a really skinny goat and I tried getting her to eat and she only wanted to eat if I was in the pen with her. So every time I had to feed her I had to stay in the pen with her and made sure she ate her food,” she said.
So how does she like going to Waynesfield-Goshen High School?
“It doesn’t matter who you are, just because we’re so small. I feel like here, it’s just we know everyone just because we’re so close with everyone, and the way teachers push, it doesn’t matter if you’re the smartest one. It doesn’t matter if you’re the prettiest or the most athletic. It doesn’t matter,” she said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.