By Derrick Smith
Chloe Lehr is a senior at Alva High School and also takes classes at Northwest Tech. She says that from the moment she stepped into the building on a tour, she knew that Northwest Tech was the perfect fit for her and what she wanted to do with her life.
“We went and toured as sophomores and I fell in love with it,” she said. “Everything was hands-on, we were treated like adults, and we had many opportunities. During that year, I had planned to go into nursing or another science field so this was a perfect fit for that.”
As a student at the Alva Campus, Lehr is in the Biomedical Sciences 2 program, she has already completed Biomedical Sciences 1. She says that the programs at Northwest Tech are doing a great job of preparing her for what she wants to do in the future.
“After my second year, I decided I wanted to go into science education. My teachers truly inspired me to be the teachers they were, so it prepared me on many levels. After graduation, I plan to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University where I will be cheering on the collegiate level and majoring in Science Education in hopes to become a high school science teacher.”
And for anyone that is considering tech but is not certain, Chloe has a message for you.
“I would say go for it,” she stated. “You get hands-on experience in every single program they have, you prepare for life after college, and you get to be surrounded by people who care about your education.”
At Alva High School, Chloe is a member of the cheer and golf teams. Away from sports, she is also a member of Speech and Debate, One Act, vice president of the Key Club, vice president of the Student Council, and Class President. She is also in the Show Choir and Mixed choir as well.
Throughout her educational career, Lehr has had a number of teachers that have impacted her and helped her become the person that she is. But she says that there are a couple that made a big impact.
“Dr. Heaton and Mrs. Mead have been my biggest influence,” she said. “They taught me BioMed 1 and BioMed 2 at tech and have worked hard to push me and prepare me for my future, teaching the way I want to teach someday.”