Brother, sister look ahead to bright futures in medical field

February 08, 2017 01:56 PM

The things happening in the lives of young people sometimes give the perception that most kids are in trouble. That's not the case. NewsChannel 13 found two kids working hard at having bright futures.

Samantha Ivey loves playing an instrument with a big sound. Actually, she does almost everything in a big way at Shenendehowa High School. The 9th grader is among those at the top of the list academically, on the honor roll.

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"I took a lot of 9th grade classes in 8th grade, so I'm ahead by a year," she explained.

When it comes to a big career, she wants to save help lives as a surgeon or a nurse. She feels working hard now will pay dividends in the future.

"I feel like if I do good now then, like, 10 years from now, I'll be in such a great place," she hoped.

At her side is someone with the same commitment and passion. It's her brother, Orville. The Christian Brothers Academy student, like his sister, also wants to go into the medical field and is also okay with making sacrifices now.

"I usually never have a lot of time to hang out with friends and stuff on the weekends, 'cause I usually have sports or stuff at church. I play sax at church," explained Orville.

His coach, Michael Smith, has seen that persistence and says the 10th grader is on the road to success.

"Center focused," described Smith. "If he has a thought, 'When I deal him, I'm going to win this race,' he's going to win the race. 'I'm going to get this kind of homework done,' I'm going to get the homework done. So, if  'I'm going to be a doctor,' he's going to be a doctor."

Both know of the distractions young people face and the pressures of having a lot on their plate, but say in the long run it will be well worth it.


Elaine Houston

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