HARROD — Katlyn Binkley, 17, an incoming senior at Allen East High School, loves helping people.
She wants to be a nurse someday.
“I like to make a difference in the world and I feel like that’s one of the biggest occupations that you can do something to benefit not only you but other people,” she said.
Like many people, she was motivated to try nursing after seeing the profession portrayed on TV.
“I watch a lot of nursing and doctor shows and it kind of like gave me a little bit of inspiration to do it,” she added.
She’s planning to initially go to Rhodes State College then on to either Bluffton University or the University of Findlay to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
She’s heavily involved in school activities including Students Against Destructive Decisions, track, marching band and the French Honor Society.
She’s also been taking college classes through the College Credit Plus program.
“It gives you a head start on your college career and gives you hands-on (experience) before you jump straight into it right after high school. I’ve taken Principles of Nutrition, Comp I and II and this summer I’ll be taking Psychology and Growth and Development,” she said.
On the track team at Allen East, Binkley threw shot put and discus and was in the 4x1, 4x2, 4x4, 100-meter and 200-meter running events.
She says she’s learned some valuable life lessons by participating in athletics.
“Being active in and putting yourself out there will keep you healthy,” she said.
She also likes the experience she’s gotten at Allen East High School.
“I like the teachers and the way that they teach. I feel like they used good teaching methods to get me to be intrigued. I also like the activities like SADD and marching band and all of that,” she said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.