Meet Avery:

Hello! My name is Avery Peterson. I am a senior at Park Hill South High School and I plan to attend Creighton University in the fall where I will be a member of the dance team! At my school, I am a member of the dance team, track and field, Panther Mentors, A+ Scholarship Program, and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club. In the community, I am an ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a Girl Scout camp counselor, and an ambassador for The Hidden Opponent (an organization that advocates for mental health). My parents are Jay and Brianna Peterson. I also have two sisters named Audrey and Allie.

Why have you chosen a career in nursing?

As having lived with type 1 diabetes for the past 8 years, I have been around a number of healthcare professionals. I have always been surrounded by a team who supports me and helps me to feel my best whether that be doctors, nutritionists, ophthalmologists, or educators, But the professionals who made the biggest impact on my life were the nurses. From the day I was diagnosed to my tri-monthly appointments, the nurses have helped me to take control of my diabetes and inspired me to turn a troubling disease into a blessing.

What are you looking forward to in college?

I am looking forward to starting a new chapter of my life. I will be able to meet new people, join various clubs, and continue my passion for dance.

What is your favorite high school memory?

My favorite memory of high school was winning the national championship at NDA nationals my senior year of high school. Dance has always been a large passion of mine and it was very rewarding to see my hard work pay off.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is my family. My dad works very hard to provide for our family and my mom is there to support me through every step of my journey. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them and I am very grateful for them.

What advice would you give to the next senior class looking to pursue a career in nursing?

I would tell the next seniors that they should shadow at local hospitals or do a internship through their high school My internship helped me learn so many things about healthcare and helped me grow in my professional skills. I feel much more confident about starting college and going into the professional world.

For more information, please contact us:
Julie Gilmor
Director of Marketing & Events
(816) 792-7014

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