Crothersville senior Tristan Maschino knew since she was young that she wanted to do something in the medical field.

After graduation, she will get her chance by attending college for radiology.

“When I was little, I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian,” she said. “I had a horse when my parents were still together. After it died, I was heartbroken, so I decided maybe being a veterinarian wasn’t the path for me.”

After spending time as a volunteer at a hospital, she knew what she wanted to do after high school.

“I did the Schneck Medical Center volunteer program in radiology and fell in love with it,” she said.

Maschino said she was treated well and learned a lot during the program. That cemented her decision.

After graduating Friday, in addition to her high school diploma, Maschino will receive a certification in nursing assistance through the C4 program.

“The C4 program has helped a lot to save money on college as well as helping me get college credits and see what I wanted to do specifically,” she said.

Maschino plans to attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to study to become a radiologist.

She said she hopes to return to Seymour after college and perhaps work at Schneck Medical Center, where she said she found her passion for the medical field.

Despite her focus in medical studies, Maschino said the classes she will miss the most from high school are in the area of art.

“I’ve always liked to draw and paint,” she said. “Art opened many doors for that. I find it very relaxing.”

Maschino said she will miss seeing her friends and the same faces every day.

To the other students at the school, she offered some advice: “Stay on your schoolwork and study. Even if it’s not something you want to do, it will help,” she said.

Maschino file

Name: Tristan Maschino

Age: 18

Future plans: attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for radiology

Family: Parents, Angel Schmelzle and Edward Maschino; three brothers, Dillon Maschino, 16, Cory Schmelzle, 15, and Zach Schmelzle, 20.

Interests: Volunteering at Schneck Medical Center and art.

Favorite quote: “It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

If you go

What: Crothersville High School Graduation

Where: Crothersville High School gymnasium, 109 Preston St.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Number of graduates: 33

Valedictorian: Madison Reynolds

Salutatorian: Gabriella Walters

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Aaron Piper is a photographer and reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at apiper@tribtown.com or 812-523-7057.