Foyil's McKaylon Weaver – Northeast Tech Athlete of the Month

Northeast Tech

By Derrick Smith

There can be a variety of reasons that athletes play sports. In addition to simply enjoying sports, Foyil High School junior McKaylon Weaver is inspired by her family.

“I love to play because it is my motivation,” she said. “It helps me keep my mind busy. Also, my uncle Wesley, who has cerebral palsy, was not able to play but he loves to watch me play and succeed at what I love.”

Weaver competes in fastpitch softball, cross country, basketball, slow pitch softball, track, and pole vaulting for the Lady Panthers. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and works at Subway.

Weaver says her favorite moment in her athletic career is when she made it to state.

“In 2017, I made it to state in pole vaulting,” she said. “I was able to match the record of Jessica Brown, who set the new record in 2013.”

Weaver also attends Northeast Tech, where she is in enrolled in the Health Careers program.

“Northeast Tech is so helpful,” she said. “They help you figure out what career you want to get in to and they help you find a pathway to get you there.”

McKaylon Weaver

She says at first she could not decide between two programs, but they helped her figure it out.

“I wanted to be a massage therapist mainly because I felt as if I wouldn’t be able to remember all the important things needed to be a nurse,” she said. “But everyone told me I would be able to connect and help people more with being a nurse. I also think it will be a pretty good fit for me. I am really enjoying the program so far.”

Weaver says that the instructors as Northeast Tech are not only teaching her about the details of nursing, but also other things that are good to know.

“They are teaching me how to have good manners, behavior, respect, and they are also showing me things I will need in my future career and how to treat my patients and other nurses and doctors,” she said.

She also has a plan for after graduation.

“After I graduate high school, I want to go to Tech again for my LPN, and then go to college to get a registered nursing degree,” she said. “Somewhere in between college and having my career, I am wanting to go all over the United States on either a long road trip or a few vacations.”

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