Francesca Going For It

Francesca practices with the Big Blue Crew.

This is Francesca’s last concert season with the Big Blue Crew. She started playing the trombone when she was at Quitman Junior High, but music is not something she is planning on pursuing in college. Instead, studies show that the music education she received has helped this Quitman High School senior excel in all of her other studies. Francesca is hoping that it will help her snag a career in an industry which was projected to add 2.4 million new jobs between 2016 and 2026. Fortunately, the school’s Career Tech Center has already provided an opportunity for Francesca to begin practicing what she wants to do for a living.

Francesca has clinical duties at a local health facility through the Clarke County Career Tech Center.

“Ever since I was in the eighth grade I knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. At first I thought I wanted to be a physical therapist, but last year I decided I didn’t want to do that.”

Last month Francesca placed second in the Home Health Aide competition at the Central District Leadership Conference of HOSA students hosted by Meridian Community College.

“I’m going to the state competition March 21st through the 23rd. I think it’s going to be interesting. I’m not really nervous anymore after I passed the district part. They called me on stage, and I was 2nd place. I was second out of eleven. I thought, ‘I got this.'”

Francesca studies the heart in Anatomy and Physiology class at QHS.

With the career experience and knowledge she has gained through the Career Tech Center’s Health Science program, Mrs. Smith’s Anatomy and Physiology class at QHS, and the nine college credit hours she is earning from William Carey University through the QHS Dual Credit program, Francesca is well on her way to a career in an industry with annual salaries ranging from $30,000 to $160,000.

“I have applied to MCC and Southern. I don’t know exactly what I want to do, but everybody in my family is depending on me. This year is exciting, but I’m nervous, too.”

Francesca stands in the hallway in the science building at Quitman High School.

To help with her nerves, this HOSA, FBLA, Beta Club, National Technical Honor Society, and National Honor Society member chooses to heed the advice she gives those who will be at Quitman High School next year.

“Don’t shy out. It comes so fast. Go for it.”