OSSEO, Minn. - A team of four emergency responders arrive on the scene and immediately spring into action.
"Hey, hey sir, are you OK? I'm gonna check pulse, check breathing. He is not breathing and no pulse. Wayne, will you start CPR? Yes!"
In this circumstance the victim is a high-tech dummy, and the group consists of students, in training to become emergency responders, but Osseo senior Laura Siepmann approaches each training exercise as if it is the real thing.
Says Laura, "You definitely have to be able to handle blood and gore and anything, you have to be up for any kind of scenario, and you have to be quick on your feet, that's for sure. You have to make critical decisions and know what to do, in seconds."
Laura participates in and has volunteered many hours as part of the Opportunities in Emergency Healthcare program at Osseo High School.
"We have one in our district and there's Spring Lake Park who also offers it. But, we have kids from Wayzata, Buffalo, Maple Grove, Park Center, coming here just to take this class. The OEC program was one of the major determining factors why I wanted to go here."
And, Laura has made the most of that program too. She's received the training to become an Emergency Medical Technician, and her team won 1st place at the 2013 Minnesota emergency health care competition, where each team is presented with 3 emergency scenarios they must respond to.
"You could encounter anything from an explosion, to a heart attack to any sort of scenario", says Laura. "Then, it's whichever team responds the best gets the most points, and then there's also a written test to go with it."
Laura, an Honors student with a 3.96 unweighted GPA, made sure that her team was ready for anything.
"I think a lot of it was communication and talking to each other, knowing what was going on, and just a lot of practice", says Laura. "That, and going into the scenario and studying, combined with experience doing outside events as well."
To understand Laura Siepmann you have to know that this captain on the girls softball team, and manager for the football team, Laura even went out for, and made the girls hockey team as a sophomore. Not letting the fact that she had never been on skates before hold her back from having fun.
"I'd never skated before", says Laura. "Never even knew the rules of hockey but, I played J.V. and I actually turned out to be pretty good and it was probably one of the most fun experiences I've had."
Osseo's Homecoming Queen, Laura's excelled in the classroom while getting involved with numerous activities, even while working as a teacher's aide and as a nanny.
"I've been in a lot of clubs and leadership groups", says Laura. "And, I've had many experiences from them, all that I absolutely love."
Turns out that love has a lot to do with Laura's decision to attend the University of Minnesota in the fall, where she'll study in their nursing program.
"I've always known that I wanted to be in the medical field", says Laura. "So, this class is helping me get to my goals. But, I've volunteered hundreds of hours at hospitals and other events and I just know that's what I wanted to do."
Laura's known because she every day she sees what helping people in need can do for a person. A lesson she learned by watching her mother, a registered nurse.
Says Laura, "I see my mom going into her work every day loving what she does and I want to make that same impact on people's lives, and making a difference is what she likes to do."
Some might say, "like mother, like daughter".
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