Raymore-Peculiar High School senior Haley Bossert is the recipient of the top scholarship from Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF), the Daniel F. Sheehan Nursing Scholarship, an award of $2,500.
The Daniel F. Sheehan Nursing Scholarship was created to honor Daniel F. Sheehan, who was the former CEO of Research Belton Hospital, now Belton Regional Medical Center. The scholarship honors his commitment to improving the health of residents in Cass County.
Bossert is attending the University of Missouri to study nursing in the fall. At Raymore-Peculiar High School, she achieved academic excellence and held student leadership positions in several school organizations. Bossert also played varsity volleyball and ran varsity track.
The summer before her junior year, Bossert suffered an injury as a result of a jet ski accident. The radial head in the elbow of her dominant arm flipped upside down and fractured into four pieces. Doctors recommended next-day surgery, but warned her bone might not be saved and said she would not play sports again.
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“I grew up playing sports, so my world stopped,” Bossert said. “My life was on shut down and I got upset. I finally realized that I couldn’t do that to myself. If I just sat around and did nothing, I wasn’t going to learn anything from this.”
Bossert used her injury as a motivational tool to regain mobility in her arm and prove her doctors wrong. Because sports were taken away from her, she got involved in activities at Raymore-Peculiar High School and put her remaining energy into physical therapy. She joined Students Against Destructive Decisions, and became co-president of Community Outreach Raymore-Peculiar, a student group that organizes charity and volunteer events.
She went to physical therapy four times a week.
“The medical care I received helped me work hard. I played varsity volleyball and ran varsity track this year,” Bossert said.
Bossert’s injury changed her perception of nursing. She credits her success to all of her health care providers, but her nurses made a lasting impression. When she entered the hospital with a broken arm, four nurses immediately came to her with questions and caring advice.
“They made me feel cared about. From that first moment I walked into the hospital, I understood that this is not just their job,” Bossert said.
As a nurse, Bossert wants to use her experience to motivate other patients to fight like she did.
“I think my injury will help me sympathize,” she said. “I’ll be able to see myself in my patients and tell them they can do it; don’t give up.”
The foundation’s president, Cynthia Randazzo, described Bossert, this year’s scholarship recipient, as a determined young woman.
“We are proud to support her future and look forward to seeing what she and the other scholarship recipients achieve,” Randazzo said.
The foundation provides scholarships to seniors from Archie, Belton, Cass Midway, Drexel, Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill, Raymore-Peculiar, Sherwood Cass and Grandview high schools interested in nursing or other health related degrees.
Scholarship recipients this year from Belton High School included Leanne Cates, Joshua Coots and Emily Thibodeaux.
Scholarship recipients this year from Raymore-Peculiar High School included Bossert, Grant Ardito, Anna King, Brittnie Morrison and Tabitha Phipps.
Other high school scholarship recipients included Marie Arnold of Archie High School, Salifyanji Kalengo of Grandview High School, Jake Holden of Harrisonville High School, Isabelle Nash of Heartland Christian School, Gracie Ring of Pleasant Hill High School and Elly Liebenguth of Sherwood Cass High School.
Renewal scholarships were also awarded to students pursing nursing, including Destinee Arthur, Dominique Brennan, Jordan Clark, Paige Gross, Kathryn Hatfield, Alexandra Lady, Quincy Martin, Baili Rollmann, Brandi Stackelbeck, Delaney Swanson and Alyson VanWinkle.
For more information about CCHF’s scholarship program, visit www.casscommunityhealth.org.