Student of the Week, Oct. 7, 2013

McKayla Vidmar, Fruita Monument High School senior

GPA: 4.06

After school activities: Basketball, tennis and veterinary technician at Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital.

Favorite book: “My Personal Best” by John Wooden.

Favorite TV show: “Friends.”

Favorite band/musician: Imagine Dragons, George Strait.

Parents: Andy and Heidi Vidmar.

Personal hero and why: My dad — he has helped me through everything I have been through. He’s been at my side since I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2005. He has kept me on the straight and narrow with my decisions and always has my best interest in mind.

Preferred college: Colorado State University.

Preferred career: Veterinarian.

Greatest achievement: I was selected as Student Body president for the 2013-2014 school year at Fruita Monument.

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: Attend college and graduate with my doctorate of veterinary medicine.


Q: What was the most memorable lesson you ever learned in a class?

A: I believe the most memorable lesson was when I got the chance to talk to Temple Grandin at her lecture at the college Sept. 21. I asked her what her thoughts were about having a disease/disability and dealing with it every day of your life. Did she think it was given to people to make them stronger, better people or to make it harder for them? Her answer to me was, “Did you know that the founder of Google, Larry Page, has a throat condition that makes it so he can barely speak. Even some of the greatest people in the world have a disability.” This really hit home for me because I have had diabetes for nine years and my dad has told me ever since that the good Lord gave it to me to make me stronger and a more organized person because I have to deal with this every day for the rest of my life. My dad’s philosophy came into play when she said this to me because she is one of the most famous people in veterinary medicine and the cattle industry of all times in my opinion and she has autism. This hasn’t stopped her or held her back; in fact it’s helped her entire career and enriched her life.

Q: What subject or extracurricular activity are you most passionate about and why?

A: Leadership is the subject that I am most passionate about. I bring it to every activity I am involved in: tennis, basketball, FFA, student council, etc. I work my hardest and try to be the role model that everyone can look up to. I love to help and see other leaders emerge and rise to their potential.


Q: Describe a time when you knew you made a difference in the community or someone else’s life.

A: I would have to say that a time when I knew that I had made a difference in someone’s life was this year at the Mesa County Fair. One of the new beef kids that we had in our club was really shy and didn’t quite know what he was doing once he got to the fair.

So I decided to help him get started off on the right track like someone had done for me. I began by helping him get settled at our tie stalls and our overnight stalls. I offered for him to use our blocking chute for his steer. I took time helping him in the show ring and talking to him about what the judge is looking for. I helped him clip and groom his steer over a couple day period. I made sure he had everything done before show like the test, interview, and the carcass contest. I gave him many tips over the course of the week at the fair.

He and his parents were so appreciative and told me so. I didn’t expect anything in return, and they treated me to some gifts from Murdoch’s. It really hit home what I had done when my adviser told my parents and I that I had done something not everyone would be willing to do and how much the family appreciated it.

I would and will do it anytime for anyone who needs the help and I hope he will do the same now.


Q: What are your goals for after high school?

A: I plan on attending Colorado State University for eight to 10 years to receive my master’s degree in either chemistry or animal sciences and my doctorate of veterinary medicine. I want to specialize in large and small animals and then open my own veterinary practice. At some point, I plan on getting married and starting a family.


Q: What is your dream job?

A: My dream job is to be a veterinarian with my own practice. I would be able to determine my schedule and work with local organizations and schools to get students involved. I would be very interested in having many internship programs for students like I am now who are ambitious to be a vet. I would still, however, leave plenty of time to spend with family.


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