Warren County High School senior prepares to study nursing

Tracy Vo, 18, is graduating from Warren County High School on Saturday. c/o Tracy Vo

Tracy Vo, 18, has wanted to be a nurse since about sophomore year in high school. At the time, the brother of the Warren County High School senior class president, Richard, was in the nursing program at Blue Ridge Technical Center.

“Ever since then, I’ve just been inspired by him, and that’s probably why I’m president — because he was president also,” Vo said.

Like her brother, Vo participated in the Blue Ridge nursing program. Soon, she’ll be attending James Madison University to study nursing as she prepares for a career in the field.

Vo said that the nursing program at Blue Ridge has prepared her to begin her journey at James Madison.

“Taking nursing classes at Blue Ridge helped for sure because it got me a head start,” Vo said. “I can proudly walk out of high school saying that I’m a certified nursing school assistant, I’m certified in CPR, in first aid.”

The week before graduation has been hectic for Vo, who described receiving texts at 8 a.m. and at 1 a.m. asking her about graduation logistics.

In the meantime, she’s also been working on memorizing her graduation speech. (She expects to look down occasionally at the speech but hopes to have it at least mostly memorized.)

But even so, she said that the week has been “stressful in a way that’s tolerable.”

Vo said that she would fondly remember “how much closer we got as a class this year.”

When: 11 a.m. June 2

Where: Wildcat Stadium or the Warren County High School Gymnasium, depending on weather (155 Westminster Drive, Front Royal)

Total number of graduates: 202 + 2 certificates of completion

Total number attending college: 53 heading to 4-year colleges, 71 heading to 2-year colleges

Total number heading to military service: 6

Number with other educational plans: 35

Total number entering the workforce: 39