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Clarkdale High student receives a check from local donors.

Since a child, Bridgette Cerdamarin knew she would pursue healthcare as a profession.

“When I was in kindergarten, our teacher made us choose different jobs that we wanted to be, so we got to dress up as them, and everyone wanted to be a fire-fighter, and I saw a doctors outfit just lying there, and I put it on and ever since then; everyone start saying Bridgette Dr. Cerda, and it was the most cutest thing.” Said Bridgette Cerdamarin, Clarkdale High student.

Today, representatives with Anderson Regional Health Systems presented her a check that will cover the expenses for a four-week Rural Medical and Science Scholar program held at Mississippi State University.

“It just means the world to me because, I have always anticipated going into that program, and it’s just something that I’ve been studying really hard to go, and I’m just really happy that I got accepted into it and I’m really excited to attend this program.” Said Bridgette Cerdamarin, Clarkdale High student.

In those four weeks, she will learn all about health sciences.

“She will experience getting to know professors, and how to handle themselves in the classroom plus: get to have some real-life experiences in some workshops that will be incorporated in one of the classes that will be like learning centering techniques, learning about influenza, learning about cooking nutrition, and also learning about public health." Said Ann Sinsing, Mississippi State University director of medial rural scholars.

Doctors say the demand in the healthcare field continues to rise.

“There are shortages both now and in the future in having healthcare workers across all fields, and the delivery of healthcare, so Anderson’s feels that it’s important for us to be involved in helping students to enter and complete their education in the healthcare field.” Said Dr. Keith Everett Anderson Chief Medical officer.

Faculty at Clarkdale High are thankful Cerdamarin was chosen for the program.

“Bridgette was chosen because she is hard-working, dedicated, very intelligent, and I believe she has a bright future in the field of medicine whether she wants to be a doctor or nurse practitioner; whatever she chooses I think she’ll have a bright future.” Said Ken Hardy, Clarkdale High Principal.

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