Life Sees Nursing Career Ahead

2013 DN-R Leadership Award Finalists: East Rockingham

Posted: May 22, 2013

Haley Life says she’s always thought a career in medicine would be the direction she’d take after high school. Life, who will soon graduate from East Rockingham High School, is now looking at nursing as her chosen field because of its personal interaction. She plans on attending Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
HARRISONBURG — To many, Haley Life is associated with the varsity softball team at East Rockingham High School. But the starting pitcher and team captain says academia is more important to her.
With a 4.125 cumulative grade point average and a class ranking of 6th out of 153 seniors, that’s not hard to believe.
Life, 18, of Elkton, is one of four East Rockingham finalists for the $10,000 Daily News-Record Leadership Award.
Life plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall and major in biology on a nursing advisory track.
“I’ve pretty much always been interested in the medical field,” she said, noting that she’s decided on the nursing angle because it’s “more personal” than other tracks.
Ultimately, Life hopes to become a pediatric nurse practitioner, as she loves to spend time with children.
The daughter of Penny Dove and Dennis Life, Haley admits that leaving home will be difficult.
“I spend a lot of time with my family,” she said, adding that the realization of leaving will sink in once she graduates.
In addition to her leadership roles on the softball team, Life volunteers at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, SkillsUSA and the Elkton Fire Hall, in addition to being involved in a host of other activities.
She’s also been awarded two Academic Excellence Medallions in marketing and science.
“We will certainly miss [Haley],” wrote her principal, Eric Baylor, in his letter of recommendation. “She has made an incredibly positive influence over our entire school and community.”
Others commented on Life’s personality and leadership abilities.
“Haley possesses the perfect combination of charisma and enthusiasm to push others to be their best — a rare and impressive gift in a high school student,” wrote Rachel Whitmer, Life’s 11th-grade English teacher.
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