From the Classroom to being in Operating Room

From the Classroom to being in Operating Room

This article goes into detail about how some of the different electives at Chatfield can impact your life!

At Chatfield High School, a junior, Ava Byerly, recently embarked on an extraordinary journey into the world of neurosurgery through an internship at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. Shadowing spine surgery procedures, this student gained invaluable insights and reaffirmed her passion for medicine, particularly in the field of neurosurgery.


Reflecting on her internship experience, she emphasized the significance of precision and patience in neurosurgery. Witnessing firsthand the delicate procedures and the dedication required, she found her love and passion for neurosurgery flourishing with each passing moment in the operating room.

“I learned that neurosurgery calls for precision and patience,” Ava expressed. “My love and passion for neurosurgery has grown ever since.”

Despite the internship initially being a requirement for her anatomy class, the student expressed a strong desire to continue pursuing such experiences beyond the confines of her school curriculum.

“I would 100% recommend this,” she exclaimed, highlighting the profound impact it had on her understanding and enthusiasm for medicine.

For this aspiring neurosurgeon, the internship served as a catalyst for personal and professional growth. It ignited a fire within her, amplifying her excitement and dedication to her chosen path. “This experience made me 100 times more excited and devoted to what I want to do with my life, which is neurosurgery,” she proclaimed with unwavering determination.

In the face of the daunting prospect of rigorous medical schooling, she remains resolute in her commitment to making a positive impact. She believes that every moment spent learning and honing her skills is a step towards her ultimate goal of helping others through neurosurgical intervention.

“People often tell me it’s a lot of hard school and they don’t know if I want to do it after that,” she acknowledged. “But as long as I create a positive impact on anyone that I may treat or work with in the future, then the schooling has paid off for itself.”

For this aspiring neurosurgeon, the operating room is not just a place of work; it’s a sanctuary where her passion is reignited, and her purpose is reaffirmed. “I have such a passion for neurosurgery,” she confessed. “And when I get to shadow and be in an OR, my whole mindset changes, and nothing else really matters.”

Her journey from a high school classroom to the operating room exemplifies the transformative power of hands-on experiences and unwavering passion. With each step forward, she moves closer to realizing her dreams of making a meaningful difference in the field of neurosurgery, one precision-driven procedure at a time.

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Xavier Hinkle
Xavier Hinkle, Editor In Chief/Senior Lead

Hello. I am Xavier Hinkle, and I am a Senior here at Chatfield. This is my third year of the Newspaper and Broadcasting class. I started taking this class halfway through my sophomore year. I am excited to help lead all of the staff we have this year. I’ve loved making videos and streaming content for people to enjoy with me, both of which I do In my free time because I find them relaxing and fun. I have a passion for leading people in the right direction and helping the community. I like video games a lot and like working out to keep myself healthy along with going on hikes with my family. Thanks for reading!

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    Faith ByerlyMay 8, 2024 at 10:12 PM

    So Proud of Ava
    Nana Faith

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    Shannon PaceMay 8, 2024 at 9:28 AM

    What a wonderful article about an exceptional student and experience. Go Ava!

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      adviserMay 8, 2024 at 1:51 PM

      We think she’s really special too!