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TEEN REPORT: Sulphur High student experiences loss, finds success

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TEEN REPORT: Sulphur High student experiences loss, finds success

TEEN REPORT: Sulphur High student experiences loss, finds success

Cade Herman isn’t your average teen. He is the Calcasieu Parish High School Student of the Year, an accomplished photographer, and recently, he served as the Louisiana Student Council state president. He also recently became one of two students in Louisiana to be admitted into the United States Senate Youth Program, in which he will tour the Pentagon, meet Supreme Court justices, and even meet the president.

“I love to inspire students that have the same passion that I have, but I’m also ready to look toward the future as I embark on my medical career journey,” Herman said.

It’s a journey that began after a tragic loss.

cadehermanIn May of 2013, Cade’s father, Harold, died after a three-month battle with leukemia.

“His doctors were really surprised; he had a spontaneous stroke,” Cade said. “That was really scary. It opened my eyes how you’re not guaranteed another day here no matter how healthy you are, and that’s when i really buckled down and got serious about finding my passion.”

That he did. Cade discovered that his passion was helping others through medicine.

“Once I met his doctors at M.D. Anderson, I saw their passion and I found it really interesting that these people were so friendly and so nice in the face of such adversity,” he said.

He went on to volunteer 100 hours at CHRISTUS-St. Patrick Hospital, and he’s now a member of NASH –  Nursing Assistant Program at Sulphur High.

“I just keep telling myself that I can continue to do good things in his honor, and I hope to one day save lives,” Cade said.

Ashanti Withers is one of Cade’s classmates – and she finds him inspiring.

“He’s an example of how students should be driven to work hard in school and don’t let one obstacle stop you going on,” she said.

Now, as his senior year is winding down, Cade is ready to flip to the next page of his own story.

“I really like the idea of blank slate that I can set the tone of this new journey,” he said.


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