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Ethan girl wins nursing essay

Rachel Weisz, a fifth grader at Ethan Elementary, is recognized as the winner of South Dakota State University’s Why I Want to be a Nurse contest. Her award was presented May 16 by Todd Stricherz, director of nursing student services at SDSU.
Rachel Weisz, a fifth grader at Ethan Elementary, is recognized as the winner of South Dakota State University’s Why I Want to be a Nurse contest. Her award was presented May 16 by Todd Stricherz, director of nursing student services at SDSU.

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.