Isabella Andre is the June 2013 Student of the Month at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove. She is in EASTERN’s Allied Health program and a senior at Lower Moreland High School. The Student of the Month Award is sponsored by EASTERN’s faculty, Joint Committee and the Willow Grove Rotary Club to highlight student excellence, success and service. Ten students each year are selected for this honor.
At EASTERN, Isabella is currently maintaining an ‘A’ average and perfect attendance in her Allied Health program. She is actively involved in SkillsUSA, and is currently the SkillsUSA Allied Health Class Vice President in the afternoon session. In February, Isabella received the Silver Medal for Extemporaneous Speech at the SkillsUSA District Competition Western Center for Technical Studies in Limerick, PA. SkillsUSA is a national student organization promoting good citizenship, student leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and recognizes student achievement and excellence.
At EASTERN, Isabella is the Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC) student representative for the Allied Health program. Each of EASTERN’s 14 programs has an OAC consisting of local business and industry professionals that work with the instructors and administration on curriculum and the tools used in each program, keeping all of EASTERN’s programs up-to-date. Being the student representative for the OAC gives Isabella the opportunity to be a part of the curriculum and decision making processes for the Allied Health program. Isabella is also an EASTERN student ambassador representing her program at events such as Career Expo and Open House. She was chosen to speak about her program to 10 High School. Through the Allied Health program, Isabella spends two days a week shadowing health care professionals at Abington Memorial Hospital.
"Isabella has the volunteer spirit that is so important to being a great nurse,” said Linda Kalita, EASTERN’s Allied Health Instructor. “She has a very bright future ahead of her.” At Lower Moreland High School, Isabella is on the distinguished honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society. She received a Varsity Letter in Cheerleading, is the Cheerleading Captain, and was a member of the Chorus and French Clubs. She received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and was recently honored with the Trudy Amend Memorial Scholarship for a Lower Moreland student pursuing a career in the nursing field. She currently works at the Huntingdon Valley Library – a position she received after receiving accolades for volunteer work she performed there. Isabella has also been a World Vision child sponsor since she was only three years old.
After completing her Allied Health program at EASTERN and graduating from Lower Moreland High School, Isabella plans to matriculate to Thomas Jefferson University to pursue her B.S.N. She then plans to work in the nursing field for a few years before pursuing her Master’s Degree to become a Nurse Anesthetist.
EASTERN is a public school serving students in nine Eastern Montgomery County school districts. Those districts include Abington, Bryn Athyn, Cheltenham, Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, Lower Moreland, Springfield, Upper Dublin and Upper Moreland. Students benefit from specialized career programs that give them a competitive edge in college or in a career. The campus is at 3075 Terwood Road in Willow Grove. For more information, please call Amy Shields, Organizational Advancement Director, at 215-784-4806, or visit the school’s website at www.eastech.org. Become a fan on Facebook – www.facebook.com/EasternCenter, and follow us on Twitter @EasternCenter.
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