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Teaghan Dickson fell in love with healthcare almost immediately after going to work with her father, Robert, for the first time when she was in kindergarten.

"He was the main impact, just watching him take care of people over the years," she said. "Some of the best memories I have are of going to work with him and experiencing the feeling of brightening someone's day."

Teaghan Dickson, who recently graduated from ChanTea Christian Academy in Sanford and will attend Gardner-Webb University in the fall, hopes to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

"If I could spend my whole life doing one thing, it would be making people feel cared for," she said. "I also want to make a difference, not to mention it's one of the most secure jobs out there."

She and Darryl Byrd are the winners of the Newman Education Achievement Award presented annually by The Guild at St. Joseph of the Pines.

"I expected a lot of people to be going for it, so I was kind of surprised," Byrd said. "But I am proud and humbled to win this award."

Byrd, a recent Pinecrest High School graduate who will attend Campbell University in the fall, said he will major in biology as a pre-med student.

"I want to be a cardiothoracic surgeon," he said. "It's helping people in an interesting way that challenges you."

The $500 Newman award is open to any non-exempt St. Joseph of the Pines colleague – full- or part-time – who has been employed for at least one year, or a dependent of such a colleague. Applicants must be attending high school or college.

Preference is made to applicants who demonstrate above-average grades and are planning a career in nursing, medical technology, or other healthcare field.

“Darryl and Teaghan exemplify the qualities we’re looking for, and then some,” Guild President Barbara Freemal said. “They both have a strong track record of success and achievement that will no doubt continue in college.”

Teaghan Dickson said her parents were not home when she received the telephone call that she had won.

"But they already knew because when I called them they told me where to find some flowers, a balloon and a bottle of sparkling cider," she said. "The gifts came from the Guild, so I am so thankful for their scholarship and their kindness."

St. Joseph of the Pines is an aging services network offering a full continuum of retirement housing, health care and community-based services for older adults as well as community outreach to those in need. It is a Trinity Health Senior Community continuing the legacy of the Sisters of Providence.

(Pictured above left to right) Robert Dickson, Newman Award winner Teaghan Dickson, Guild President Barbara Freemal, Newman Award winner Darryl Byrd, Syreeta Wall


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