lacoste polo shirts wholesale Episcopal Academy senior Anabelle Wondrasch is Main Line Student of the Week
The Episcopal Academy senior was awarded a Silver Key on the National Latin Exam last spring, is involved with the school’s Key Club and Photography Club. A three sport captain (water polo, swimming and golf) and the only member of her class to receive both three captain’s letters and 12 varsity letters, Wondrasch has said, “Athletics has always been a source of joy and discipline for me and I consider it an incredible honor to be named captain of three athletic teams at EA.” Wondrasch, who wants to be a veterinarian, has worked for 3 years at the veterinary clinic at Colebrook Manor Animal Hospital. She has volunteered every week with Neighborhood Hospice the past four years and is the organization’s youngest “field” volunteer. One patient’s family was so touched by Wondrasch’s effort that they made a large donation to Neighborhood Hospice in her name. Wondrasch’s advisor at EA, Ashley O’Connor, said, “I cannot say enough positive things about Anabelle. She is so kind and considerate of others, and she does all of these service activities, not because they look good on a resume but because she truly cares about others and looks for every opportunity to push herself.”
Q: What originally sparked your interest in becoming a veterinarian?
A: The spark came from the loss of my dog Rosie to cancer about five years ago. My love of animals and my interest in medicine seemed to be a perfect fit for veterinary medicine. Also, there is something compelling about dealing with patients who have no ability to communicate their illnesses.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your job at the veterinary clinic at Colebrook Manor Animal Hospital? What has been your most memorable experience at the clinic?
A: I am responsible for tasks such as scheduling appointments, cleaning cages and sterilizing instruments, but I am also a part of the medical experience with the doctor and the animals. I hold animals while they are examined, prepare vaccines, make up medications and test blood samples. I would say that my most memorable experience is the first time I was in the operating room during a surgery. I really got to watch the process and it reinforced that veterinary medicine is what I want to do as a career. Working in a vet hospital, specifically Colebrook Manor, has been an incredible learning experience and my boss, Dr. Helen McCahon, has been a great mentor to me.
Q: Tell us a little about your experience with Neighborhood Hospice. What has been your most memorable experience there?
A: I came to hospice with my mother as a way to work through a personal loss. After extensive training, I began volunteering with Neighborhood Health a nonprofit hospice dedicated to helping people with their transition from life to death. I have learned so much from the meaningful conversations and people that I have been exposed to in this experience. I had one client who was a pathological liar an elderly gentleman who meant no harm, but continually fibbed. I would visit him after swimming practice some days and immediately he would apologize for missing practice he was on the team as well apparently. One day he told me a surgery had been done on him during which doctors had stolen his arms to give to Michael Phelps. They had left him with arms so short, he could no longer tie his shoes. We would laugh and try to forget about the “botched surgery.” Every day the lie was new and funnier than the previous day. Despite facing a life ending illness, we both engaged in very happy days together until he left this world.
(To be selected as Main Line Student of the Week, a student must first be nominated by his or her school.)
ArticlesUpdate: Radnor Police investigating fatal hit and run; Victim ID’dValley Forge Military Academy College announces new presidentRadnor High School grad killed when tree falls on car during snow stormLower Merion to become home to new corporate headqurters if parking deck approvedRadnor Planning Commission recommends approval of 10 townhouse developmentUpdate: Police find vehicle believed involved in fatal Radnor hit and runUPDATE: Radnor police find vehicle involved in March 6 fatal hit and runNeighbors prepare to fight proposed enlargement at Gladwyne Montessori SchoolMalvern Prep senior Jack Magargee is Main Line Student of the WeekPhiladelphia man sentenced to 32 years in prison for Lower Merion, Phoenixville bank robberies