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Crook County High School athlete offered an ROTC nursing scholarship to Rutgers

LON AUSTIN - CCHS athlete Liz Barker, 11, was recently offered an ROTC nursing scholarship.

Crook County High School senior Liz Barker received good news earlier this month when she found out she had earned an ROTC nursing scholarship

to Rutgers.

The scholarship is one of just 10 given nationally each year.

Barker, a three-sport athlete at CCHS, is excited about the opportunity.

"I had a huge list of nursing schools that I could choose from and Rutgers was the best fit for me," Barker said. "So, I chose Rutgers as my top school. I applied to it, and I got the scholarship. I'm very excited."

The ROTC program that Barker will participate in is run jointly by Rutgers and Princeton universities.

When she completes her training, Barker will be a commissioned military officer.

Rutgers is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Barker added that she would like to compete in athletics while at the university, but does not know if that will be possible.

"I would love to play sports, but it's a division I school," she said. "I have talked to the softball coach and everything, but she wants me to go to a bunch of camps and stuff, so it looks like I may be trying to play club sports."

Barker is the second Crook County High School student to receive an ROTC nursing scholarship as Kirsti Kelso received the same opportunity in 2012.


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