Barton Auxiliary presents awards |

Barton Auxiliary presents awards

Since the 1960s, Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has been granting scholarships to area high school and college applicants who wish to further their educations in the medical field. This years scholarship award winners are Martina Pavelko, South Tahoe High School; Benjamin Brockman-Hawe, George Whittell High School; Jennifer McLaughlin, Douglas High School; and Catherine Campbell, Lake Tahoe Community College.

Martina Pavelko’s goal is to be a doctor, surgeon or researcher in the area of cancer or brain disorders. “I’m fascinated with the human body and how it operates,” she said. “I have a passion for biology and pursue this interest with zeal.” Pavelko has been accepted at Stanford University. Her outside interests are sports and music. She played AYSO soccer for ten years, plays piano and participated in the Reno Youth Music Festival. A dual citizenship from the United States and Italy allows her to travel abroad and expand her knowledge of the world.

Benjamin Brockman-Hawe will major in premedicine at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. He was active in the French and Drama clubs at Whittell and was selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. He has been a member of the South Lake Tahoe Police Explorers and during his senior year he observed surgeries with a local physician. “My long term goal is to become a neurologist giving me the opportunity to treat patients as well as conduct research relating to various neurological disorders. Humanity is on the edge of a biological revolution and now is the perfect time to enter the field of medicine,” he said.

Jennifer McLaughlin has been accepted at the University of Nevada, Reno. “I have always been interested in the health care field,” she said. “My mother and grandmother were both nurses and my father is a firefighter, so I guess you could say health care is in my blood.” McLaughlin has been involved in many school activities, including tutoring students of all ages in English, Spanish, history and math. She works at Barton Memorial Hospital Job’s Peak Primary Care as a medical records clerk.

Lake Tahoe Community College is a jumping-off point for Catherine Campbell, a 45-year-old widowed mother of two teen-age daughters. She has been accepted at Western Nevada Community College to become a registered nurse. Campbell has opened her home to many homeless women and children and volunteers at Christmas Cheer and in her children’s schools. “I feel we have an obligation to help one another in whatever small or large way we can,” she said. ” I’m self-motivated, dedicated, hard working and academically committed and determined to accomplish my goal. I have a deep compassion for others and a strong sense of personal integrity.”

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