Zuleyma Zambrano liked to wear scrubs to preschool. Back then, the aspiring nurse liked to care for siblings and toys, and eagerly tagged along to any family doctor appointment.

“She wasn’t even in kindergarten yet when she first turned to me and said, ‘I want to be a nurse,’ ” Patricia Zambrano, Zambrano’s mother, said in Spanish. “She likes to help.”

After Zuleyma Zambrano graduates from Santa Fe High School, she’s headed for the University of Portland in Oregon, where she plans to continue studying toward a career as a pediatric nurse.

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