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Students named to Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge Scholar Program

posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:43 PM by Cheryl Shuffler

Caption: Top Row: Yanira Cristobal, Mattie Wisniewski, Kinsley Michaels, Caitie Thompson, Macy Smith
Bottom Row: Addi Steele, Madeline McGinnis, Emma Price, Carrigan Causby, Gaomong Lo

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge kicked off a new program in mid-January aimed at a providing
select high school students in the Burke County Public School system the opportunity to participate in an
internship within their local healthcare system. Through a rigorous application and interview process,
10 students were selected.
“We have chosen a group of talented and dynamic students,” says Traci Riebel, Director of Volunteer
Services at CHS Blue Ridge. “These students will be placed throughout our facilities for the spring
semester to receive an intimate view of community healthcare.”
The first class of Scholars are:
• Addi Steele
• Madeline McGinnis
• Carrigan Causby
• Yanira Cristobal
• Gaomong Lo
• Kinsley Michaels
• Macy Smith
• Caitie Thompson
• Mattie Wisniewski
• Emma Price
Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge has provided students with opportunities to volunteer during
summer months but not as a means of supporting both their career interests and their academics.
“This is a way to integrate the student’s desire to preview their healthcare related interests with that of
their high school career track,” says Carrie Mull, Director of Teammate Development at CHS Blue Ridge.
Not only will the students gain an understanding of the varied occupations associated with healthcare
but will continue to develop their professional and leadership abilities.
As part of the program, students will participate in the following:
• A mentorship that will expose the student to a variety of areas within the healthcare system.
• A Scholar Academy that will support and strengthen their leadership skills by providing in-class
training and assignments.
• Project work with peers to elevate teamwork and communication skills. These projects will
support the healthcare mission and the communities we serve.

“We are confident that the Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge Scholar program will be a rewarding
experience,” Riebel says. “We want the students to gain a better understanding of the world of health
care as well as the collaborative nature of health care and the surrounding community.”
If you are interested in this program, please contact your school’s Guidance Counselor or Career
Development Coordinator.