HS Star Indrianna Overcomes Move from Jamaica to Excel in Hillcrest
By Stephanie Ramnarine, Senior Writer
Senior Indrianna Appleby has received the highest grade point average in Health Sciences and has overcome moving to America to be recognized as one of Hillcrest's bright stars.
Indrianna is a Senior who has managed to shine in the limelight with her academics despite the fact she just recently arrived in the country. She came from Jamaica during her junior year of high school. She shared a part of her experience, saying “that it was a whole new experience for me getting acquainted with the "American Culture", the fast NY life, the cold temps (winter), the school syllabus, and meeting persons of different ethnicity. My determined mindset to make a better life for myself and my family has motivated me to work hard and have faith in all I do.” She has been a huge success at Hillcrest. Indrianna has taken all her regents and has obtained an 85 or higher. Indrianna is in the Senior Nursing Assistant class.
Besides being academically successful, her future is already mapped out for her. In the beginning of May, Indriana will be able to pursue her career as a nurse. She is going to take the Nursing Assistant Certifying Exam. Once she takes the exam and succeeds she can get a position as a nurse assistant right out of high school.
Not only does Indrianna have to take the exam, but she also takes part in extracurricular activities. Appleby participates in HOSA and is also the President of this local chapter. HOSA means Health Occupation Students of America. HOSA is a student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. Due to her academic success and her attendance in extracurricular activities Indrianna was chosen for an exclusive paid internship program at the NYS Veterans Nursing Home in St. Albans.
Ms. Gasior who has known and taught her for two years enjoyed teaching Indrianna because of her critical thinking skills as a student. “She is respectful, hard working and compassionate. She is thoughtful and demonstrates leadership qualities. She is academically very strong in high school and I expect that she will do fabulous in college because she plans out her time well, works hard and does whatever it takes to get things done.” Indrianna’s teachers have nothing but praise for her.
“I must give credit to my teachers and counselor for their patience and tremendous efforts in ensuring that I am the right path for graduating and going to college,”said Appleby. From a young age, she has had a passion for people and a passion to make sure they are able to make great accomplishments in their lives. Indrianna enjoys working with elderly people because "they always have an intriguing story to tell about their lives which I find very edifying."
Throughout her life, Indrianna has faced many obstacles adjusting to a new life.With her hardworking talents and skills, it has been a delight for her since she began. Ms. Appleby sets some high standards for other students to see and look up to as a senior.
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