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Optimists honor Joe Baldwin as Intern of the Month

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SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit-Lake Dillon Optimist Club has recognized Joe Baldwin, a junior at Summit High School, as its May Intern of the Month. During the second semester, Baldwin served his internship at the Breckenridge Animal Hospital under the mentorship of veterinarian Edmund Hastain.

“For much of my life, math and science have been subjects that have come easy to me. Therefore, I have focused on a career with an emphasis in those areas. That, combined with my love for animals, has steered me toward veterinary medicine,” Baldwin said.

According to Hastain, “Joe has done really well here at Breckenridge Animal Hospital. He’s been very dependable, consistently shows up on time and always follows through with assignments we ask of him.”

During the 60 volunteer hours he served in his internship, Baldwin observed various animal surgeries, learned to use several instruments including the microscope, and became more knowledgeable about animal illnesses. He also gained important professional skills, such as time management, communication, teamwork and organization.

Following his projected 2003 graduation from SHS, Baldwin plans to attend the School of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University to pursue his bachelor’s degree. Baldwin is active in the SHS swimming/diving team, has achieved a black belt in karate, and maintains a 3.7 grade-point average.

The Intern of the Month award is a result of collaboration between Summit High School, the Summit-Lake Dillon Optimist Club, Violence Prevention Initiative, Asset Builders of the Summit, and Business Education Alliance.

The Optimist Club presents recognition plaques to a student and mentor each month. Any mentor who would like to nominate an intern for this award should contact either Laura Dickinson or Joel Hecht, high school internship teachers, at (970) 547-9311 ext. 1194.

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