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Teen of the Week: Williamstown junior seeks career in child life field

Sutton Stewart held Anastasia Juliana during a Grand Central Church of Christ mission trip in New Jersey. (Photo Provided)

WILLIAMSTOWN — Sutton Stewart, a junior at Williamstown Middle/High School, is interested in a career as a child life specialist.

“I really like kids, so I think it would be a good job for me, a career,” she said.

Stewart explained that child life specialists help children in hospitals cope with what they’re going through. She said these specialists can either work in hospitals or in patients’ homes.

Stewart said she wants to attend Harding University in Arkansas after graduation. She said it’s the university that her older sister Cassell attends. She said she took a trip to visit the campus over spring break.

“Everyone was just so nice,” she said. “And the campus was beautiful. I feel like you can just make a lot of friends there.”

Sutton Stewart helped raise money during the Wood County Society Telethon at the Parkersburg Country Club. (Photo Provided)

Stewart said she plans to study toward a Bachelor’s of Science in Child Life.

“I just like helping people,” she said.

Stewart volunteers with her youth group from the Grand Central Church of Christ in Vienna and with Wood County Society. She said her youth group participates in service projects around the community, like baking and delivering cookies, and recently a clothing drive.

She also has helped with the Wood County Society Telethon and Camp ECHO. The Camp ECHO (Every Client Has Opportunity) program held at Cedar Lakes in Ripley is a program that pairs volunteers with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and then has them help complete therapeutic and educational activities.

“My camper actually did not like me. It was kind of funny,” she said. “Every time I tried to dance with her, she would go off somewhere else. But other than her not liking me, which I’m going to get her to like me this year, I had a great time.”

Sutton Stewart helped give food to people in need during a food drive in Canton, Ohio. (Photo Provided)

Stewart said she made some great connections with some of the other campers.

“Like they were so sweet and kind, and I had the best experience there,” she said.

She said she is very excited to go back this summer.

Sutton has a 4.0 GPA and said she enjoys taking her yearbook class. She said she really likes the creativity aspect of it.

“I’m very creative, so I like it a lot,” she said. “And I like taking pictures too.”

Sutton Stewart helped her team paint a home during the Mid-Ohio Valley work camp. (Photo Provided)

Stewart is a member of the Williamstown Yellowjackets Varsity Girls tennis team.

She said she adores playing tennis because of how freeing it is.

“It’s just a fun sport to play,” she said.

She said her grandpa, Jerry Throne, got her and her sisters interested in the sport when she was in third grade.

She said he likes the sport and wanted to watch his granddaughters play tennis.

Sutton Stewart volunteered at the Wood County Society Camp Echo program at Cedar Lakes in Ripley. In the front row from left was Taylor Islay, CJ Oak and Nevaeh Hansen. In the second row from left was Matthew Taylor, Audrey Coiner, Athenn Stewart, Maybree Rinard, Aubrey Erwin, Riah Sprouse and Sutton Stewart. In the third row from left was Brody Bowyer, Alex Irvin, Matt Easter, Ethan McIntyre, Gavin Bosgraf, Tyler Fenton, Bo Kimble, Rainer Holl and Austin Bosgraf. (Photo Provided)

In her spare time, Stewart enjoys spending time in the outdoors.

“There’s just so much you can do, like taking a bike ride and walking,” she said. “I love walking with my dog (Millie) outside.”

She said she also like hanging out with her friends, her youth group, her great grandma, playing ping pong and reading.

James Dobbs can be reached at jdobbs@newsandsentinel.com

Sutton Stewart served the ball during a tennis match against Huntington High at Jackson Park Courts. (Photo Provided)

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