WAYNESFIELD — Rylie Barrington, an 18-year old-senior at Waynesfield-Goshen High School, is hoping to pursue a career in nursing when she’s out of high school.
She plans to attend Ohio Northern University and major in nursing and minor in Spanish.
She says she’s not worried about going into the nursing field in the middle of a pandemic.
“It never really, like, concerned me. It just doesn’t bother me as much. I enjoy helping people, and I really enjoy science and learning about anatomy,” Barrington said.
Barrington is on the volleyball, basketball, cross country and track and field teams at Waynesfield-Goshen High School. She’s hoping to compete in track and field while at ONU.
She’s also on student council, Tigers Against Depression and Suicide, National Honor Society and is president of their 4-H club.
Barrington, like most students, pivoted to remote learning last spring, something she was able to tackle pretty well.
“I liked it the first couple of weeks, and after that, I just got bored sitting around my house with the same people,” Barrington said.
Barrington says she would rather receive her lessons in person but appreciates the one day a week that Waynesfield-Goshen does remotely.
“I really like being in school four days (a week), because I get to see my classmates and my teachers. And it’s kind of nice to have that one day where you’re at home. And you can just do your work at your own pace,” Barrington said.
Barrington believes her experience participating in sports at Waynesfield-Goshen will help develop other intangible skills beyond the physical skills.
“Definitely the leadership position. (I’ve learned) that you need to always work as a team, even when the team’s not doing very well. You need to stick together until you come back,” Barrington said.
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