2017 Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior

Savannah Ritchie

This year’s Outstanding Contribution by a High School Senior Scholarship award goes to Savannah Ritchie.

The coming August will make one year that Savannah has been affiliated with Grottoes Rescue Squad as a 16 hours a month volunteer.  Savannah is not your typical high school student.  Along with her normal school work, she is currently an EMT student, and she is also obtaining her Phlebotomy Technician, Patient Care Technician, and EKG Technician certifications.  She indicated in her application, that maintaining this schedule is difficult.  She set specific days to work on different assignments in order to stay focused and organized and she spends her free time at the rescue squad doing homework.

In her application, she stated that she wanted:

“[T]o help more people and gain experience in the Emergency Medical field. My father was in a bad wreck in 2013 and Grottoes Rescue Squad responded to his call. My goal is to be there for patients like they were for him.”

Savannah comes highly recommended by the president of her rescue squad and her high school guidance counselor.  She has a 3.42 GPA and she plans to attend Eastern Mennonite University this fall.

Award Background:

This is a competitive $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a high school senior who has been affiliated with an EMS agency within the CSEMS EMS Region for at least six months, and who is currently enrolled or will be enrolled in an institution of higher learning or an accredited ALS training program in the coming year.