Allied Health and Nursing Students Get Real-World Experience

Students of the Patient Centered Care course pose for a picture at Kenton Nursing and Rehab.

Students of the Patient Centered Care course pose for a picture at Kenton Nursing and Rehab.

Before the Kenton High School winter break, the students of Mrs. Deb Purcell’s Patient Centered Care class spent the week at Kenton Nursing and Rehab, a local long-term care facility. This class is offered through Ohio Hi-Point at the Kenton City Schools Northwood satellite facility. The students, who are pursuing their State Tested Nurse’s Aide (STNA) license, completed early experience in the industry. The students shadowed current STNA’s at the facility and learned what they do on a daily basis.

The students began their day feeding the residents breakfast. They then helped the staff get the patients bathed and make their beds. The students were also responsible for responding to call lights, feeding the residents their lunch, ensuring they drank enough liquids, as well as visiting with and keeping the resident’s company.

This experience was a “practice run” for the STNA test that the students will be taking this coming Saturday. The exam requires the students to perform 5 tasks in 35 minutes in front of a state examiner, as well as a written test.

The experience wasn’t just in preparation for the upcoming exam, but it provided an opportunity for the students to be introduced to the real world healthcare setting. Cheryl Collins said that “[The experience] was really helpful for me, but it made me realize that I don’t want to work in a nursing home.” Collins would still like to become a nurse. Harley Crisp, who entered this year pursuing a nursing degree, has been changed by this experience. “It gave me the idea of whether or not I wanted to be a nurse,” Crisp said. After this real-world experience, she discovered she didn’t want to be a nurse, but instead pursue a different occupation in the healthcare field. This shadowing experience exhilarating for Jenna Rodenberger who said: “It excited me for to begin my career in the healthcare industry.”

During the second semester, these students will have the opportunity to have an internship with various health organizations throughout the community, to gain more experience and knowledge in the industry.

KHS Student Interns to Host Expo

On Tuesday, January 10th, Kenton High School students who were enrolled in the Wildcat Community Connectors Program during the fall semester will host an exposition and give a presentation about their experiences during their fall semester internships at local businesses throughout Hardin County.  WCC student interns invited their business mentors and parents as well as local educators and community partners to Tuesday’s event held at Mid-Ohio Energy’s Community Room.  


The program will commence at 10:30 a.m. with an exposition.   Students will be stationed at booths.  They will explain their capstone project —  a research project in the field they interned in and provide a  summary of their internship experience to community members.  At 11 a.m., the program will begin wherein the audience will watch a short video about the WCC program and then students will individually present what the learned at their internship as well as personally recognize and thank their mentors.  WCC interns will also receive a certificate of program completion.  


The Wildcat Community Connectors (WCC) program is a semester-long, career skills (elective) course and internship program for KHS Juniors and Seniors. In the program, students meet local business leaders who influence hiring in their companies; learn about educational/training requirements for careers of their interest, and develop job skills that will help them qualify for successful employment opportunities.  Through the skills developed and the contacts they make during this program, KHS students increase their opportunity to be accepted into post-secondary programs and/or obtain a quality, full-time employment following graduation from high school.  
Students have two periods (7th and 8th periods) in their daily class schedule blocked for the KHS class and off-campus, internship experience.  They spend the first two weeks of the class at KHS learning vital career skills, including participating in mock interviews, drafting cover letters and resumes and learning soft skills while they are matched with local Hardin County businesses. Students then spend the rest of the semester off-campus at their internship site for a minimum of 60-hours, meeting once a week in the classroom on Mondays, to hear guest speaker presentations about career skills.  During the semester, students complete a capstone project and share their internship experience at the WCC Exposition held at the end of the semester in which KHS students, teachers, WCC mentors, and members of the community are invited to attend. For more information about the WCC course, please contact: WCC Instructor/ KHS Teacher: Christina Cross at

ACT Prep Courses To Be Held

ACT Prep sessions will be held from 3:00-4:00 in the library on the following dates: November 29th to December 1st and December 5th through the 8th. Please attend any or all of these sessions to help improve your ACT scores! These sessions are led by Mr. Buroker and Ms. Baum.

Award-Winning Author Slated to Speak Tomorrow

Best-selling author and award-winning global speaker, Kevin Hines is speaking for free at Kenton Middle School Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss his compelling story that has touched and saved thousands of lives. His message is about suicide prevention and awareness. Hines is a part of the 1% of all people that have jumped off of the  Golden Gate Bridge and survived. Kevin is very open about the challenges he faces with his mental illness. He will be discussing warning signs, and steps both parents and student can take if they see them. Following the presentation, there will be a panel discussion consisting of Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, a representative from the We Care Center, and representatives from other County Mental Health entities. The focus of the discussion will highlight what resources are available locally. The event is slated for Wednesday, November 30th at 6:30 in the Kenton Middle School Auditorium. There is no charge and it is open to the public. Parents of students ages 7th-12th grade are encouraged to attend with their students. You can learn more about Kevin here:

Annual Food Drive Successful

KHS Student Council Members pose with food items donated through the annual food drive. Photo courtesy of KHS Echo/Devry Moore

KHS Student Council Members pose with food items donated through the annual food drive. Photo courtesy of KHS Yearbook/Devry Moore

KHS Students spent last week carrying boxes and cans of food through our doors. Not for their lunch, but for the lunch of someone they may not know. Every year, the Kenton High School Student Council puts on a food drive for two local food pantries in an effort to provide Thanksgiving meals for those less fortunate. While the final numbers are still being reviewed, KHS students alone filled 6 shopping carts and had lined the rest of the hall with bags of canned goods. Debbie Hamilton, who manages the Bread of Life Food Pantry at Kenton FULL Gospel Church said that last year’s donation was able to feed people until March. The members of Student Council would like to thank the student body for donating again this year.

Free Movie Showing Tonight

Due to the generosity of Quest Federal Credit Union, KHS is able to provide a free movie showing for parents and community members this evening of the film SCREENAGERS. Doors open tonight at 6pm, the film begins 6:30pm. For more information on the film,  click here. SCREENAGERS Trailer:

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