Investing extra effort to achieve big aspirations

Standing barely 5-feet tall, Makenna Spina has big aspirations to succeed in the traditionally male-dominated careers of emergency medical technician and firefighter.

That’s ambitious, but getting started in those fields is just the early phase of Makenna’s well-thought-out plan to achieve her long-term goal of earning a medical degree and specializing in neurological disorders.

When Makenna graduates from Venice High School, she will also finish her EMT certification at Sarasota Polytechnical High School, where she is dual-enrolled.

She is one of six girls in a class of 23 at SPHS, but being outnumbered by guys doesn’t bother Makenna.

The only girl in a set of triplets, she learned early to assert her independence and stand her ground.

“My brothers obviously are stronger, but I learned how to wrestle as a kid, and I enjoyed it a lot,” she says.

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