Big City Hustle, Small Town Dreams

After athletic and academic achievements at Pocahontas County High School, 18-year-old Chloe Bland is preparing to leave her hometown for college, but she wants to return again in the future.

By Donald Butcher and Melanie Hoffman | 01/11/2012

Eighteen-year-old Chloe Bland describes her life as common, though some might question her judgment. The senior at Pocahontas County High School is the president of her senior class as well as president of the school’s National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. In addition to her academic achievements, Bland serves as president of the school’s chapter of the Future Farmers of America and has been chosen for the all-state volleyball and basketball teams for the last two years.

In her spare time, Bland hunts and fishes with her family, with whom she recently treed and shot her first black bear. The episode resulted in a cut between her eyes from the recoiling gun scope, but she remembers it with pride. “It meant a lot that my brother and my brother-in-law were both there to see me kill my bear,” Bland said.

Bland also assists her father with his taxidermy business. She creates bear rug, helps skin animals and other “odd jobs.” Her love for animals has inspired her to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College in the fall to study veterinary sciences.

“I love working with animals… The fact that they can’t help themselves as much makes me want to be a vet more,” Bland said. “I want to help them as much as I can.”

Upon gaining her undergraduate degree, Bland wants to attend veterinary school at either Ohio State University or Virginia Tech University. She hopes to someday open the only veterinary clinic in Pocahontas County.

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