Soon-to-be sophomore, junior and senior high school students from South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota had an opportunity to learn about health care professions and meet with more than 20 professionals representing a wide range of specialty areas. In addition to daily sessions that introduced students to the gross anatomy lab, administering EKGs and CPR certification, camp participants were able to speak directly with presenters and ask career-minded questions about the health care industry. Tours of the Sanford Medical Centers in Vermillion and Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute and the Parry Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation were also made available to campers.

Students participating in this year’s camp were Kiley Reecy of Dell Rapids, S.D.; Stella Sanderson of Piedmont, S.D.; Nicole Clemen, Jena Dreyer, Alexander Georgiev, Victor Georgiev, Carter Kerber, Breann Roosenboom and Samuel Happeny of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Hanna Leschisin of Eden, S.D.; Drake Burnision and Colin Claeys of Huron, S.D.; Meghan Hofer of Dolton, S.D.; Jayce Huska, Ethan James and Abby Weiss of Vermillion, S.D.; Brooke Kuehl of Elkton, S.D.; Malia Weinandt of Dakota Dunes, S.D.; Harmoni Bahr, Hannah Steinley, Beth Schlosser and Samantha Letcher of Rapid City, S.D.; Megan Stulken, Sydney Lee, Abby Lingle of Pierre, S.D.; Brooke Bialas of Deadwood, S.D.; Irma Micijevic of Brookings, S.D.; Kallison Kasto of Eagle Butte, S.D.; Holly Voges of Worthing, S.D.; Heather Hauer of Mission Hill, S.D.; Jaclyn Arens of Yankton, S.D.; Mackenzie Buechler of McLaughlin, S.D.; Joseph Folchert and Nicole Mutchler of Sioux City, Iowa; Shelby Van Den Berg of Sioux Center, Iowa; Sawyer Stevens of Marshall, Minn.; Brooke Rasmussen of Bingham Lake, Minn.; Taylor Mead of Blair, Neb.; Molly Atkeson of O’Neill, Neb.; and Morgan Bathke of Dixon, Neb.

Sponsorship of the seventh annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp was provided by Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, the Dakota Hospital Foundation, Sanford School of Medicine, USD School of Health Sciences, Sanford Health, Delta Dental of South Dakota Philanthropic and the 7th District Medical Society.

The eighth annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp is tentatively scheduled for June 15-20, 2014. Registration is open to students entering 10th through 12th grades in the fall of 2014. Students are selected to participate based on their academic record, previous volunteer experience and a personal statement provided by the student. More information about the camp is available at or by calling (605) 677-7288.

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