Student’s focus on medicine sends her to SkillsUSA state finals

Originally published in Madison Courier – March 16, 2019 

Student’s focus on medicine sends her to SkillsUSA state finals – Madison Courier

One 16-year-old Madison resident recently demonstrated her knowledge of medical practices to judges on a regional scale and soon will compete against others on a statewide scale.

Chloe Burton recently attended the regional level of SkillsUSA, a program of career and technical education in which students study a range of disciplines and compete regionally, statewide and nationally. While at regionals, Burton participated in the SkillsUSA First Aid and CPR category, where her scores enabled her to advance to the state competition.

Burton attends Indiana Digital Learning School, an online public school in which she studies more about the medical field in addition to her normal class schedule. This has allowed Burton to prepare for the state SkillsUSA, where she will be asked to demonstrate a set of treatments but she will not know in advance what the treatments will be. CPR, choking, seizures, skeletal injuries, sprains or bleeding wounds could be among the treatments, depending on whether the victim is an adult, child or infant.

“This is the first time I’ve really been involved in something school-related like this,” Burton said. “[Regionals] was a little bit scary because for an online learning school, I couldn’t meet in person with my teachers to prepare for it. But, once I got there, it was fine.”

SkillsUSA is a program that works with students enrolled in career and technical programs in public schools, colleges or other organizations that have career and technical classes. While in this program, students can participate in experiences that involve leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development through building and reinforcing self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills, according to their website.

Regionals SkillsUSA was the first competition Burton has attended. She said she may attend other competitions if there are more for which she is eligible. To prepare for state, Burton said she plans to be CPR certified by King’s Daughters’ Hospital and will research basic CPR and first aid training’s.

Although this was her first competition, Burton said there are a few things she would advise others to do if they decide to compete.

“Don’t be nervous, it’s not as hard as you think,” Burton said. “If you really have been dedicated in studying and knowing your material, there’s nothing to worry about.”

At the state level, Burton will be competeing against eight other participants in the first aid and CPR category. State will be April 19 and April 20 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

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