Senior Profiles: A Call To Medicine: Asia Hickory

May 31, 2012

in News,Senior Profiles,Woodstock

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.

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Carol Solario June 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

Asia,
We are very proud of you in California as well!! Working hard will have BIG rewards as you have already proven. Good Luck in college and don’t forget to come visit us soon.

XOXO – Carol

linda scott-andrews June 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Asia is such a hard working young lady and i know she will accomplish all of her goals. Good luck at college Hun we are proud of you…Love Rod and Linda

Asia hickory June 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Hey guys,
Thank you to everyone that has been there and that has help me become who I am. I really need to thank my mom for everything she has done to make me this amazing person, she is the most amazing women in my life I love you mom and thank you soo mch for everything
Thank you everyone
love , Asia

Molly Koch June 5, 2012 at 10:30 am

I am so happy to have watched Asia grow up into such a beautiful, successful young woman. Asia, you will always be one of my best friends and I am so happy to have been the one to write about you! You have come so far and I am so proud of you!
Love always,
Molly

Janet Parkhurst June 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

I am so proud of Asia. She has worked hard and by applying herself as she has and will continue to do, she will be a blessing to those she cares for in her career.
Despite the challenging obstacles, always remember Asia, that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Philippians 4:13 The Lord will guide you into paths you can’t imagine. He will never forsake you nor leave you. Hebrews 13:5 Just place your trust in Him and let HIm guide your steps.
Love and all the best, Aunt Janet

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