Senior aims to help children with speech difficulties

Autumn Owens aowens@empiretribune.com Twitter @aowensETnews
SHS senior Brooke Sanderford plans to start her journey to becoming a pediatric speech pathologist after graduation.

Brooke Sanderford is a busy senior at Stephenville High School involved in Student Council, National Honor Society and UIL. She is also an officer for the Science Club and plays on the soccer team.

“I think the best part about being so involved is I get the chance to interact with all different types of people,” she said.

UIL competitions have yet to begin, but Sanderford competes in journalism. 

“I’m in feature writing, editorial writing and headline writing,” she said. “My sophomore year I got thrown into it because my teacher was like, 'We really need you to do it,’ and then I really ended up enjoying it.”

Sanderford has mixed feelings about her last year taking the soccer field at Stephenville High School.

“It’s kind of scary knowing it’s my last time, but I’m just really excited to be able to go out with my team,” she said.

After graduation, Sanderford will attend college out of state and pursue a bachelors and master degree.

“I’m planning to go to Ouachita Baptist University, it’s a little Baptist school in Arkansas,” she said. “I want to major in communication sciences and disorders in order to become a pediatric speech pathologist.”

With her career choice, Sanderford has many options as far as working with children doing home therapy, clinical work or working in a hospital.

“I’ve known for a long time that I really want to work with kids,” she said. “It’s something that I’m really passionate about, and I want to be in a position where I can build a relationship with them. Something more than just a nurse where I’d only see them once in a while.”

For now, Sanderford is focusing on finishing up at Stephenville High School and said she will miss the people she’s grown so attached to.

“I’m going to miss the friends I’ve made, that I’ve grown up with my whole life,” she said. “It’s weird to think about. I’ll also miss my family and the opportunity that I have to be involved in so many things.”