Ashton Cheatham of Pine Bluff, a third-year pharmacy student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, addresses the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees on Thursday as one of two students to tell their personal story to the board and system representatives from across the state.

Cheatham said he learned he was good at science in a pre-AP chemistry class in Pine Bluff, and his sister encouraged him to consider a career in pharmacy. He attended the UAMS College of Pharmacy Summer Camp Program, an outreach program for high school rising seniors and recently graduated high school students interested in learning about careers in pharmacy, and saw firsthand it was the right path for him.

He thanked the leadership at the College of Pharmacy for giving high school students such real-life, hands-on opportunities, and he thanked the system board for providing leadership for the statewide network that provides educational opportunities to so many across the state.

The board members praised Cheatham for his eloquence and thanked him for choosing to serve the public with a medical sciences career. The system board met Jan. 30-31 at UAMS in Little Rock as part of its regular meeting schedule, and Cheatham spoke as part of UAMS’ annual presentation to the board.