2016 Miss Mohave County Fair Queen Caytelyn Clinkenbeard, 17, is a high school student studying phlebotomy through Mohave Community College’s Dual Enrollment Program.
In the talent segment of the competition at the Mohave County Fair, Caytelyn showed some of what she learned in MCC’s Medical Assisting Program.
“I got sick and couldn’t sing, so I thought, ‘I’m in college and the first student do this,’ so I thought it was unique,” she said.
Caytelyn started in the MCC program when she was a junior at Kingman Academy. When she graduates from high school she will also earn her Certificate in Phlebotomy from Mohave Community College.
A Phlebotomist is a health care professional who draws blood and ensures the proper amount is taken and that all blood is properly labeled.
“It’s awesome and I think she is a great role model for Mohave County,” said Mandy Duby, Caytelyn’s mom. “She had 2 minutes and 30 seconds for the talent segment and she was able to do a quick set up with the tubes and tourniquet and a table and explain everything.”
Caytelyn said she didn’t notice at the time, but later heard the judges looked surprised and very impressed by her phlebotomy talent demonstration.
“I was excited and shocked,” she said about the moment she learned she won the first ever Miss Mohave County Fair competition. “I was wanting to be a role model and when they announced my name it was amazing.”
As for her message to other students in Mohave County she said, “If you study and try your hardest, you can accomplish anything.”
Caytelyn wants to continue her higher education studies to become a pediatric nurse and a teacher. She’ll represent Mohave County at events throughout the year, including this weekend’s Andy Devine Days Parade.
MCC’s Dual Enrollment Program provides eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit at the same time. Eligible students can take college-level courses, which will count toward both high school graduation credit and as college credit. Students enrolled in Dual Enrollment courses pay no college tuition for those courses.