PHILIPPI, W.Va. (WDTV) - From the minute she signed up for the nursing program at Alderson Broaddus University, Jayme Hykes, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, knew she made the right decision.
"I work as an aid right now in a nursing home, and it just makes me happy that I can give someone comfort," said Jayme.
That's why, during her sophomore year, Jayme applied for the Navy's Nurse Candidate Program.
"In that moment, I felt like that is what God was calling me to do with me life," she said.
To apply, students need a high GPA, professional references, and a personal statement.
"Jayme excels both academically in the classroom, and in a clinical setting," said Kimberly White, the chair of the Alderson Broaddus School of Nursing.
In a ceremony held on Thursday morning, Jayme was officially enlisted into the program.
"I was just in shock that I was able to be part of this opportunity," Jayme said.
Out of 200 applicants, only 30 are accepted. Jayme was the first person from Alderson Broaddus to be chosen for the program.
Through the program, Jayme will receive a tuition stipend to help her complete her degree. After graduation, she will join the US Navy as an officer, and will serve as a nurse in hospitals around the world.
"I'm excited to meet all kinds of new people, work in different areas, and get a chance to see the world," said Jayme.
"She'll have the opportunity to enter into various types of nursing, that may not be available here in this area," said White.
Thanks to Jayme's selection, the Alderson Broaddus School of Nursing will move from tier three to tier two distinction.
"It shows that, even at a small-town school, big stuff can happen," Jayme said.
Jayme is also a member of the Alderson Broaddus Honors Program and the track and field team.
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