Ethan fifth-grader Rachel Weisz may be shy on words, but she isn’t lacking in direction. She knows why she wants to be a nurse.
Her essay on that topic won the statewide contest sponsored by State Dakota State University’s College of Nursing. The contest, established in 2002, lets students use 150 words to explain their thoughts on a nursing career. First prize is $100 with $75 to the runner-up.
Weisz received her award May 16 in a presentation made by Todd Stricherz, head of nursing student services at the Brookings campus.
Weisz called nurses “superheroes. Superheroes save people, nurses save people. I want to be a superhero that saves lives, a nurse!” While the 11-year-old hasn’t had much direct experience with nurses, she does have a couple cousins that are nurses and knows the job requires trust, good communication skills and stamina, “but it is worth it in the end because you get to save a life.”
She is the daughter of Steven and Penny Weisz, of rural Mitchell.
Contest runner-up was Ava Opland, of Tea.