Editor’s note: Every year, The Herald Journal profiles one graduating student from each valley high school. Profiled students are selected by administrators at the schools.
Riding in an ambulance is something most high school seniors would rather avoid, but for Bodie Streadbeck, it's been a way to help others.
Bodie, who graduates from Preston High School on Friday, has had a full plate. In addition to his Preston diploma, he's earned a diploma from Southeastern Idaho Tech, or SEITec, a charter technical education program at Preston, Malad and West Side high schools.
Through SEITech, Bodie earned his emergency medical responder certification as a sophomore, a 10-credit course involving a lot of homework, and his certification as an emergency medical technician as a junior. He recently passed his advanced EMT certification.
This year, he's been helping other students learn the material as a teaching assistant for Alice King's emergency medical responder course.
In addition to his rigorous courseload and running cross-country, as part the SEITech program Bodie has responded to emergencies with the local ambulance service.
Being part of the ambulance crew has been "a great opportunity to actually practice the stuff that I've learned," Bodie said.
That heavy courseload has been tough, at times, but Bodie said his parents, Jason and Melanie Streadbeck, have been supportive.
Bodie's a very self-motivated student, Melanie said.
"Bodie's always been one that's ready for the next adventure and the next big thing," Melanie said. "He loves to keep himself busy and loves to push himself."
Bodie said he was inspired to pursue emergency medical response, in part, by two of his uncles, who are EMTs.
"That was a great opportunity for me to see a good example of somebody who does care about the community," Bodie said.
Beyond that, as a responder he enjoys thinking on his feet and applying the knowledge he's gained to an endless variety of situations.
"I really enjoy the emergency side of things, because there's not a set, 'This is what you're going to get every single day,'" Bodie said. "Every single call that you go on, every single experience with an actual patient is a new experience. You have to learn how you're going to use the knowledge that you've worked to gain and apply it to this specific patient."
Bodie's adept at taking concepts he's learned and putting them into practice, according to King.
"He took to EMS like a duck to water," King said. "He's done very well at putting together what he's been taught in his head and what he does with his hands. A lot of people struggle with that connection, and he doesn't."
He's conscientious and considerate of others, King said. Once, King said, he observed that she was struggling to keep the class equipment organized with so many students going through every day, so he and another student undertook the project of labeling cupboards and organizing things into storage containers.
"He just does things," King said. "When he sees a need, he does it. When he saw one of the kids that was struggling, he just jumped in and helped them. He's always been like that. He's the one that when everybody else leaves and there's a mess, Bodie stays and cleans it up."
Bodie hopes to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and when he returns he plans on two more years of courses to complete his firefighter and paramedic certifications.
While the church's missionaries typically don't get to decide where they go, when asked if there's anywhere Bodie would like to serve his mission, he said Scotland would be interesting. Bodie researched Scottish culture for his senior project, going so far as to learn the bagpipes.
"He's never had a day of musical instruments in his life, and it was just something that was new and exciting for him, and he did it," Melanie said. "Our neighbors definitely appreciate him a little bit more every day when he gets a little better."