Clinkenbeard: Queen of the fair – and phlebotomy

Caytelyn Clinkenbeard continues her reign as the inaugural queen of the Mohave County Fair.

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Caytelyn Clinkenbeard continues her reign as the inaugural queen of the Mohave County Fair.

KINGMAN – Caytelyn Clinkenbeard used knowledge gained from her phlebotomy class at Mohave Community College to her advantage in the talent portion of the 2016 Miss Mohave County Fair queen competition.

Clinkenbeard, 17, a senior at Kingman Academy, is studying phlebotomy through the college’s dual enrollment and showed some of what she learned in the medical assisting program.

During the two-and-a-half minute talent segment, she explained how a phlebotomist draws blood, ensuring the proper amount is taken and that it is properly labeled.

She set up a table with tubes and a tourniquet.

“I got sick and couldn’t sing, so I thought, ‘I’m in college and the first student to do this,’ so I thought it was unique,” she said.

Clinkenbeard started in the MCC program as a junior at Kingman Academy.

When she graduates from high school, she will also earn her certificate in phlebotomy from Mohave Community College.

Clinkenbeard said she didn’t notice at the time, but later heard that the judges looked very surprised and impressed by her phlebotomy talent demonstration.

“I was excited and shocked,” Clinkenbeard said about winning the Miss Mohave County Fair competition.

“I was wanting to be a role model and when they announced my name it was amazing.”

The queen wants to continue her higher education to become a pediatric nurse and teacher. She’ll represent Mohave County at events throughout the year, including last month’s Andy Devine Days Parade.

MCC provides eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit at the same time.

They take college-level courses and pay no college tuition for those courses.