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story.lead_photo.caption From left: Stephen Attebery, camp coordinator; India Cain, El Dorado; Alexya Bailey, El Dorado; Kaitlyn Scott, El Dorado; John David Woolsey, El Dorado; Laci Jackson, El Dorado; Austin Nixon, Camden; Jessica Seymore, El Dorado; Laura Hogue, Spearsville LA; Rylee Darden, Smackover; India Norful, El Dorado; Courtney Watson, Hampton and assistant camp coordinator Kayleigh Yeager. Contributed photo

Eleven junior and senior high school students from Calhoun, Ouachita and Union counties are attending a Medical Applications of Science for Health (MAS*H) camp, which began June 3 and ends Friday, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas and South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado.

The two-week summer medical enrichment experience allows high school students to shadow health professionals and attend workshops that enhance their experiences in the health care field. They learn about pharmacy, therapy, CPR, anatomy, surgery, emergency medical response and more. The program hopes to encourage rural youth interested in medical fields to continue their education and then return to rural areas to work.

MASH students are sponsored by their local county Farm Bureaus and the MASH Partnership, which includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Regional Centers, Arkansas Farm Bureau and Delta Dental. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

Participating students include India Cain, El Dorado; Alexya Bailey, El Dorado; Kaitlyn Scott, El Dorado; John David Woolsey, El Dorado; Laci Jackson, El Dorado; Austin Nixon, Camden; Jessica Seymore, El Dorado; Laura Hogue, Spearsville LA; Rylee Darden, Smackover; India Norful, El Dorado; and Courtney Watson, Hampton, along with Camp Coordinator Stephen Attebery and Assistant Camp Coordinator Kayleigh Yeager.

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