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MackenzieA.

Conner
143ForestWalkWay
Mooresville,NC28115

October5,2015

DearReviewCommittee,

MynameisMackenzieConner,asenioratPineLakePreparatory.IwasborninClearwater,
FloridaandmovedtoNorthCarolinawhenIwas2.Myparentsspentthemajorityoftheirlives
inFlorida,butaftermydadtookajobintheracingindustry,wemovedtoNorthCarolina.Ihave
attendedPineLakesince2009asasixthgrader.BeforeIcametoPineLake,Iattendschoolat
ParkViewElementaryandEastMooresvilleIntermediateSchool.IamasailorandIalso
cheerleaderaswell.Ialsoenjoyvolunteeringmytimeatmyyachtclubandalsohelpingoutin
mybrothersclassroom.

Mypassionoutsideofschoolissailing.IhavebeensailingforfouryearsnowandIhopeto
continuetosailincollege.Myparentsphysicallymademegotothefirstpracticemyfreshman
year.IdidnotwanttogowhatsoeverbecauseIbelievedthatitwasanerdythingtodoandthat
peoplewouldmakefunofmeforsailing.Iwenttothefirstpracticeandafter2hoursonthelake,
Iwashookedonthesport.Ifeltabitbehindinthesportbecausethemajorityofthepeople
aroundmehadbeensailingsincetheywere7or8,butIknewthatIwantedtobegreat.Iwas
reallydeterminedandIworkedashardasIpossiblycouldandIhavebeentheAFleetcrewfor
4yearsnow.Ihavelearnedthathardworkcangetyouanywhereandthatifyoutryhardenough
foryourgoals,youcanreachthem.

MyPRIDEprojecttopicisneonatology.Ibecameinterestedinthetopicaftermybrotherwas
bornandIalsoenjoyhelpinganyoneinneed.Ispecificallyloveneonatologybecauseittrulyisa
lifechangingcareerandyouaregivingnewbornsachanceatlife.Inreality,Iamamedicalnerd
andenjoyanythingthathastodowiththemedicalfield.

Ihavetriedtowrapmyheadaroundanideathatwoulddemonstratetheneonatalfield.Iwanted
aproductthatwouldusefulandalsopresentinformationthatmaybecomeuseful.Ididnotwant
tocreateaprojectthatwasjustaposterboardoraflyer,butanactualhandsonprojectthat
wouldshowwhatIhavelearnedfrommymentorhours.MyideaforthePRIDEproductisto
simulatethebeginningstepsofaneonatebeingadmittedintotheNICU(NeonatalIntensiveCare
Unit).IwouldliketosimulateputtinginanintubationtubeandalsorunningIVfluidsinthe
neonatedummy.Iplantouseainfantdummythatwillsufferfromshortnessofbreatheandalso
ablockedtracheawhichiscausingtheneonatetonotbeabletobreathe.Sincetheneonateis
experiencingthesesymptoms,Iwillintubatetheneonatebyinsertingachesttubeintothe
individualstrachea.Thisshouldallowthepatienttobreathewiththehelpofaventilator.Iwill
gathermaterialstorunanIVsuchasIVtubes,bagsandsalineandthepurposeofthisistoshow
thatIhavelearnedtheprocessofputtinginanIVandhowmuchdripitshouldhave.Ialsoplan
tocreateaflyerthatexplainsthebeginningprocessaboutthestepsthathappenswhenababyis
admittedintotheNICU.IalsowoulddescribewhattheNICUinvolves,whatadayintheNICU

consistsofandwhatequipmentisused.Iwillincludepicturesfrommymentorhoursandthe
equipmentthatisusedintheNICU.

Thankyouverymuch.

MackenzieConner