Teen of the Week: Tooker looks to help ill children

Parkersburg High School junior Tiffany Tooker is working toward her goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist to help children diagnosed with cancer. Tooker is this week’s Teen of the Week. (Photo by Michael Erb)

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School junior Tiffany Tooker sees her future in helping children.

“I want to be a pediatric oncologist,” she said. “I want to work at one of the St. Jude (Children’s Research) Hospitals.”

Tooker, 17, said she has had a goal of being in the medical field for years, and a personal loss made her focus on treating patients with cancer.

“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor,” she said. “I volunteer at Camden Clark (Medical Center) and my grandma died from cancer, so I knew I wanted to do something with cancer.

“I got really interested in the St. Jude hospitals. I decided I really wanted to help kids with cancer because I want to make a difference in their lives.”

Tooker said she’s always enjoyed working with children.

“I’m naturally good with kids,” she said. “I have a lot of cousins I babysit and look after.”

Academically, Tooker both demands and achieves excellence.

“I’m on the Principal’s List. I’ve gotten straight A’s all my life,” she said. “I have a 4.25 GPA. I’ve never gotten a B.

“I’m a little bit of a perfectionist. I get really upset if I fail, so I always have this drive to be the best that I can be.”

Tooker is vice president of the Junior Cabinet which is planning the prom this year. She also is a member of Key Club and PHS Student Council. She works on the school’s yearbook and next year will be an editor.

In addition to volunteering at Camden Clark on a weekly basis, Tooker works part time at Plato’s Closet and during the summer months does a lot of volunteer programs.

“I don’t usually have a lot of free time because of work and volunteering.”

Tooker said that work ethic and desire to serve come from her father, Steve Tooker, who served in the Navy for more than 20 years.

“He’s always worked really hard, all his life,” she said. “I really want to be like him. I just want to work as hard as he does.”

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