Wiregrass students help high school students make life decisions


October 17, 2012

Nursing Students
Wiregrass Nursing students from the Ben Hill-Irwin program participating included: Front row (L-R) Beverly Norman; Monroe Blevins; Roger (Tripp) Tank III; Misty Harper; Christy Roberson (2nd row) Heather Chaney; Marybeth Kinchen; Natalie Lott; Kasey Smith; Cassandra Hancock (3rd row) Instructor Charlene Faulkner; Mandy Bostick; Breana King; Instructor Carolyn Slade (Last row) Tim Merriweather and Luke Frasier

Valdosta, GA: Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Practical Nursing students and Pharmacy Technology students helped as local ninth grade students were faced with life altering decisions. The Tift County High School Northeast Campus held their fourth annual Teen Maze program. The program is a project of the Tift County Commission on Children and Youth. The event sends high school student through different scenarios that they may face in their teen years providing them with a glimpse of the possible consequences of their decisions. The students are faced with being locked up for underage drinking, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases or even death in some of the mock situations in the maze. The outcome of each situation is designed to show the students what can happen when they make certain life altering decisions or give in to peer pressure.

Wiregrass Practical Nursing and Pharmacy students assisted the event organizers by working the stations for pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, drug use, and other medical related scenarios that a teen may face. “This community event furthers the Pharmacy Technology and Practical Nursing students’ ability to use soft skills with issues that affect teenagers,” stated Pharmacy instructor Frank Barnett. Wiregrass students participated in the maze on all three days including the first evening that was open to the parents of the high school students.

Pharmary Students
Wiregrass Pharmacy students participating included Jessica Gregory, Casey Smith, Amoni Moore, Casey Ortiz, Brittany Martin, Nurcan Vantree, Taylor Phillips, Dana Pruitt, Natoya Brandon, and Debra Atkins.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Practical Nursing program is offered on the Ben Hill-Irwin, Coffee and Valdosta Campuses. The Pharmacy Technology program is offered on the Valdosta Campus. For more information about these programs and more, visit www.wiregrass.edu. Spring Semester classes begin January 7, and new students are being accepted now.