Local Students in M*A*S*H Camp

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Students and instructors taking part in the M*A*S*H program included, from left: Front-Zoe Rodrigues, Haley McCracken, Jazmine Kellim, Berry Dickey, Clair Phillips, Jazzmon Pillow and Skylar Freeman. Back-Troy Davidson, Samuel Baker, Kinsee Bagwell, Madison Garner, Jade Thomas, Glenn Fitzgerald, Chandler Conyers, Aiden Duty, Colton Lindsey, Gabriona Clark and Shannon Walton. Not pictured was student Destanie Shubert of Leachville.
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Sixteen junior and senior high-school students from Clay, Greene, Mississippi and Randolph counties attended this year's Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) camp June 4 to 15, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center (AMMC) in Paragould. Among those participating were two Rector students and one from Marmaduke High School.

The two-week summer medical enrichment experience allows high school students to shadow health professionals and attend workshops which enhance their experiences in the healthcare field. During the camp, they learn about pharmacy, therapy, CPR, anatomy, surgery, emergency medical response and much more. The program seeks to encourage rural youth interested in medical fields to continue their education and then return to rural areas to work.

Those taking part included Gabriona “Gabby” Clark and Colton Lindsey of Rector; Madison Gardner of Marmaduke; Zoe Rodrigues, Haley McCracken, Jazmine Kellim, Berry Dickey, Clair Phillips, Jazzmon Pillow, Skyler Freeman, Kinsee Bagwell, Jade Thomas, Glenn Fitzgerald and Aiden Duty of Paragould; Chandler Conyers of Reyno, who attends Corning High School, and Destanie Shubert of Leachville.

The camp director is Shannon Walton, of Paragould, and assistants included Troy Davidson and Jonesboro and Samuel Baker of Paragould.

M*A*S*H students are sponsored by county Farm Bureaus and the M*A*S*H Partnership, which includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Regional Centers, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau and Baptist Health. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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