During her Project Interface
internship last year, Rockwood Summit High
student Nivy Prabhu logged 100 hours shadowing health care professionals in a variety of different roles at BJC HealthCare.
Her time observing a procedure in the operating room was especially eye-opening.
"It confirmed that it was what I wanted to do," said Prabhu, who participated in the internship through Rockwood School District Partners in Education
. "The opportunity to work with real medical professionals at the high school level is not something you usually get. Getting that opportunity before going to college and studying what I want to pursue, that was amazing."
Prabhu is headed to the University of Missouri, where she plans to major in biochemistry and public health on a premed track to becoming a surgeon. At Rockwood Summit, she's been involved with the school's medical club, the Link Crew, National Honor Society, Speech and Debate and Future Business Leaders of America.
She also played flute in the wind ensemble, swam varsity for four years and was one of only 100 seniors from across the state named to this year's Missouri Scholars list.
"There is so much out there for you," Prabhu said, "as long as you get out there and take the opportunities."
Prabhu attended Rockwood schools from kindergarten through graduation, starting at Uthoff Valley Elementary
and moving on to Rockwood South Middle
and Rockwood Summit.
She said every teacher that she had has made an impact on her.
"I'm glad I went to Rockwood," Prabhu said. "It's just like a really big family. All the teachers and administrators care about where you end up. It goes beyond the classroom, and that's what I like about it the most."