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Fleishman looking at health career

Cindy Ramunno

It’s hard to get in touch with Jodi Fleishman. As the student body president at Battle Mountain, she’s responsible for making things happen at the school, from graduation plans to distribution of various funds. That’s in addition to her other various projects. She has served as an officer for the National Honor Society, which she has been a member of for the last two years. She has also tutored middle school students through the Literacy Project.

With the school year winding down, Fleishman’s schedule has become busier with end-of-the-year events. Fleishman moved here from Denver in the second grade, enrolling at Red Sandstone Elementary. She attended middle school in Minturn before entering the halls at Battle Mountain.

Last summer, Fleishman and her mother, Tina, spent two weeks in Honduras with Dr. Kent Petrie and other students. After that experience, Fleishman has a whole new perspective on reality. It was there that her interest in a health-related field intensified. “I would eventually like to go into nursing,” says Fleishman, who likes pediatrics in particular.

This year’s summer plans for Fleishman include travel in June with a senior trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a week; and then a couple of weeks in Italy with her dad’s side of the family. In July, she plans to work as a nanny.

Then, it’s off to the University of California, Santa Barbara this fall. Fleishman will be about three hours away from her brother, who attends Chatman. “U.C.-Santa Barbara has a beautiful campus,” says Battle Mountain teacher Pat Phelan. “Jodi is an absolutely wonderful kid ” the coolest thing about her is that she can sit and talk to anyone, which makes it very comfortable to be around her. She was an amazing peer counselor,” Phelan adds.

Fleishman says she’ll miss her friends and the familiarity of the valley, as her next school is huge. “I’ll miss the safe and secure feeling of the valley,” she says, adding, “This is a very comfortable place to grow up.” She also says she’ll miss the teachers at Battle Mountain, saying that they are excellent at developing relationships with students. Fleishman states, “I’ll miss all of their influence.”

The Fleishman family encourages their children to be strong in their beliefs and morals, to be good to others and to be an individual. Fleishman’s mother would frequently ask her children, “What’s more important? People or things?” That message has stuck with the young Ms. Fleishman, and once you make a connection with this busy senior, it’s hard to disconnect.

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