Students volunteer with Barton Auxiliary |

Students volunteer with Barton Auxiliary

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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary junior volunteers at orientation are, seated from left, Khloe Knight, Faizan Shaikh, Krista Penoloar and Elisa Escobar. Standing are Hannah Wheeler, Ashi Patel, Allyson Marchus, Angel Aquino and Joanne Newalu.

Vee Gay, junior volunteer coordinator for Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, recently welcomed nine high school students at the orientation meeting for the after-school volunteer program.

Gay instructed the volunteers in proper safety procedures when working with patients and fire safety, then they pushed each other around the hospital’s Mountain Café in a wheelchair for practice.

The students are Khloe Knight, Hannah Wheeler, Ashi Patel, Faizan Shaikh, Allyson Marchus, Angel Aquino, Joanne Newalu, Krista Penoloar and Elisa Escobar.

Khloe Knight learned about junior volunteers at the college-career center at South Tahoe High School. She plans to go into the medical field as a pediatrician. Her older brother is in pre-med training, so she is quite aware of the 11 years of schooling required after her high school graduation. She enjoys snowshoeing and running with her dog in between her studies.

Freshman Faizan Shaikh, 14, heard about the program from a friend. His sister has volunteered at the hospital as a junior volunteer for four years, and his oldest sister is employed at the hospital. He intends to become a pharmacist, which will require an education of six to seven years. In his leisure time, he enjoys football, soccer and biking.

Ninth-grader Ashni Patel, 15, has been an AVID student for three years. She will prepare for a profession in the medical field as a pediatric heart surgeon. She plans to attend the University of California, Berkeley, and begin her profession in a big city. She has a younger brother and sister and loves baby-sitting, basketball and volleyball.

The young people in the junior volunteer group have high ideals and a finger on the pulse of service to others.

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