Abigail Broom is a sophomore at Anderson University in South Carolina and was one of the lucky recipients of the Jon H. Poteat Scholarship in 2020. Abigail believes that her time in career and technical education allowed her to enter college more prepared and with experience in her chosen field! NTHS is proud of students like Abigail, who have used CTE to get a head start on their career journey!

The 2021 JHP Scholarship deadline is May 31st.


Abigail took the time to answer some questions about her journey and the impact that CTE and NTHS has had on her life, take a look at her answers.



What is your chosen field of study, and what led you to choose it?

As a biochemistry major, I’ve always been passionate about making scientific discoveries that can help progress medicine and technology. I hope that one day my research results in better treatments for cancer and communicable diseases.


How has being involved in Career and Technical Education(CTE), and being a member of NTHS changed your life?

Participating in CTE and being a member of NTHS are some of the biggest factors in my college success. The Biomedical PLTW pathway prepared me well for college courses such as genetic sand chemistry. NTHS also provided me with numerous opportunities to grow my interpersonal and professional skills for the workplace.


If you had to explain to someone why CTE is important, what would you say?

CTE gives students practical, hands-on knowledge that are rarely gained in a traditional classroom setting. These skills are integral to success not only in the workforce, but also in higher education. Students with these skills have a significantly competitive advantage.


What accomplishments or awards(academic or other)are you most proud of?

I am proud to represent Pickens High School’s Class of 2020 as Valedictorian. I am also a Presidential Fellows Scholar at Anderson University, receiving one of the university’s most prestigious scholarships.


How do you see NTHS and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO’s) changing the stigma around CTE?

I have personally seen that students who enter college or the workforce with these accolades often take professors and employers by surprise with their well-rounded skills. CTSOs are integral in developing students’ soft skills as well as technical skills.


How did receiving a scholarship from NTHS help further your career and education?

I am grateful that the Jon H. Poteat Scholarship helped me to pay for books, lab fees, and tuition. With my sister also being in college, any financial aid was greatly appreciated and helped me confidently enter my freshman year.

What’s your favorite NTHS memory?

During my senior year, I had the privilege of speaking at the NTHS honor cord ceremony. I have fond memories of celebrating my upcoming graduation with close mentors and teachers, all who guided me through my CTE courses.


Tell us a little about you… Your family? Your pets? Your hobbies and interests?

Born and raised in the mountains of South Carolina, I love everything outdoors and travel. I often go hiking and kayaking with my family and friends in my free time. I have one sister, and she recently received her Master’s in agricultural education from Clemson University. I also have two dogs, one who often joins me on my adventures!


Student’s like Abigail are prime examples of the power that CTE can have as your look towards the future. If you’re interested in applying for the Jon H. Poteat scholarship click here to learn more!