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EASTERN Veterinary Science Student Awarded Rex Wright Scholarship at SkillsUSA State Competition

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science/Abington Senior High School senior, Isabela McGillis, was awarded a Rex Wright Scholarship at the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference on April 8, 2022. The Rex Wright Scholarship is a competitive scholarship awarded to seniors enrolled in an approved career and technical program who will attend college after high school.  To be considered, applicants must embody the SkillsUSA values.  These values include being diligent and ardent in their preparation for a career field, passionate about service to others and the community, and displaying a great deal of respect for their chosen career field.

Isabela is an active member of SkillsUSA, EASTERN’s Student Leadership Organization, and won first place at the SkillsUSA District Competition for Job Skills Demonstration for her presentation on how to assist in the delivery of small animals which included instruction on how to resuscitate still-born animals.

Isabela’s career goals include attending Manor College for Veterinary Technology.  Before enrolling at EASTERN, she started volunteering at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy in Philadelphia, a center that uses horses to provide therapeutic treatment to children with mental and physical challenges. She excels in the EASTERN Veterinary Science program and is one of two paid interns our school hires to help provide weekend care to the animals in our building. Isabela is also participating in a Vet Internship in Wessington Springs, South Dakota, for the summer.

Isabela was recommended for this scholarship by EASTERN’s Executive Director, Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski.  “Isabela’s commitment to preparing for her career field is evident.  She seeks opportunities to gain experiences to enhance her education in addition to maintaining high technical performance in the class,” said Dr. Plesnarski.  “Her 300+ volunteer hours with Pegasus Therapeutic are a testament to her commitment to service to others and investment in her community.  She is an active member of the school community, taking on leadership roles at EASTERN and being involved in a variety of clubs at her high school.”

“I am honored to have been selected for this award,” said Isabela.  “I feel as though my education at EASTERN has prepared me well for college, and I am grateful for my experiences here.  Being part of SkillsUSA has also helped me to refine my time management and presentation skills.  Enrolling in Veterinary Science at EASTERN was a decision I will never regret.”