In the Spotlight: Fritts uses pageant savvy to help cancer research

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By Katie Hogin

Oliver Springs High School senior and HOSA president Breanna Fritts coordinated a beauty pageant to raise funds for cancer research.

“My grandmother had breast cancer, then my mom had uterine cancer, and then this past year my mom had colon cancer, so cancer’s just in my family. So it’s close to home, the cancer situation,” Fritts said. “It just kind of hit me.”

Fritts has a lot of experience in beauty pageants, so with the advice of her mother, she coordinated one herself and raised about $360 for cancer research, which came from the $20 pageant entry fee, the $2 fee at the door and $30 in donations received.

Beech Park Baptist Church offered use of its old gymnasium for free, and Fritts’ aunt offered services from her photography business.

“I was definitely proud of it when it was all said and done,” Fritts said. “It’s something I’d like to see carry on.”

Fritts, who decided in eighth grade to be a nurse anesthetist, will graduate in May. Her plans are to go to Roane State Community College for two years then transfer to Lincoln Memorial University for its Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist program.

Fritts also works at a pharmacy in Oak Ridge, babysits and is one of the delegates in the school’s student council.

“I have a lot going on,” she said. “I’m always on the go, but I love it.”

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