by Molly Koch
Special to the Standard
Since she was a young girl, Asia Hickory has always been a caregiver. When her grandmother got very sick, she realized she had a calling for the medical field. She stood by her grandmother’s side and helped her with everything she could.
Now, as she graduates from Woodstock Union High School and the Allied Medical Service Program at Hartford Area Technical Center, she couldn’t be more ready to get her nurse’s license.
“I’m most excited for my LNA (Licensed Nurse Assistant) nursing course that starts in July and is a month long. I can’t wait to go to college and show the people who have doubted me my whole life that I can really do it,” Asia states. Asia will be attending River Valley Community College in Claremont this fall.
Even though Asia has an affinity for nursing, it hasn’t always been easy for her. She has had to overcome the hurdles of Dyslexia which makes it difficult for her to read, write, and spell. Asia works hard through this added stress, and as a result, she is graduating with all grades of A’s and B’s. She gives Hartford the credit for giving her the confidence to become more confident in her school work.
“Before I attended Hartford, I was a C or D student, but after I started taking classes there I became an A or B student… The Allied Med Service Program has changed how I thought about nursing school and how I want to change someone else’s life,” says Asia.
As she commutes each day between Hartford and WUHS classes, Asia has taken great initiative towards becoming a top-notch nurse.
In her junior year, Asia placed first at the Vermont State HOSA competition. HOSA is the national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division. She then went on to Nationals and did not place in the top ten, however, she did very well. This year Asia went to the Vermont State competition again and placed third. She could have gone to Nationals in Orlando, Florida this year but she chose to stay and work more instead.
“I think [the competition] helped me because it helped my social skills and made me appreciate the people around me,” Asia explains.
In her spare time, Asia enjoys fishing, swimming, hanging out with her friends and having fun. Before heading off to college, she can be seen working hard at The Pasta Pot restaurant,and the White Cottage Snack Bar. Today she is anxiously awaiting graduation.There is undoubtedly a very bright future ahead for this future nurse.