Q&A: Cayla Jansky (12)

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Cayla Jansky (12) pursues an EMT certification. Jansky takes a course and does other extracurriculars to help achieve her goal.

Maddie Hirschfield

Q: How did you get involved with being an EMT and why did you do it?

A: Well, I started off as a lifeguard at Deep River [Waterpark] my sophomore year. I worked with the EMT’s there, so then I decided to pursue on. I enjoy helping people, and I really enjoy first aid and knowing that I can help someone.

Q: What do you have to do to get certified?

A: You have to take a six month course, and I am currently four months in. So, in June I will be certified.

Q: What can you do with a certification?

A: I can work as a [Medical Assistant], I can work in a hospital [or] on an ambulance service. You are pretty much skilled to do anything except for IVs.

Q: What is HOSA, and what did you do there?

A: HOSA is a state leadership conference. It [stands] for Health Occupation Students of America. I performed in CPR and First Aid. My partner and I placed second in state.

Q: How did you get involved with HOSA?

A: We had to take tests to make sure [we were qualified], and we had to have above a 90 percent in the class [I am in].