Alumni Spotlight Daisy Award

DHS Alum Receives Daisy Award
Posted on 11/20/2020
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DeSoto, TX - As the Coronavirus crisis continues to plague our nation and the world, our front-line health care workers are stepping up to meet the challenge with their skillful and compassionate professionalism.  The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses (The DAISY Award) was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes as his family desired to honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day wherever they practice, in whatever role they serve and throughout their careers- from Nursing Student through lifetime achievement.

DeSoto ISD congratulates DeSoto High School alum Indigo Dillard, an Oncology nurse at Medical City Arlington, for the recent recognition of her hard work and dedication as a Daisy Award recipient.  

In recognizing Dillard, Medical City Arlington cited their desire to ensure nurses know how deserving they are of our society's profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they deliver their care.  Daisy Award winners are nominated by a patient or their family members and are recognized in front of their peers.

Dillard, a 2014 graduate of DeSoto High School, began preparation for her career as a standout in the DHS Health Science magnet, continuing to Texas Christian University to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.  “DeSoto ISD provided a firm foundation for me,” she stated. “They set a high caliber expectation for each and every student to succeed, and for that I am grateful!”

“Our CTE programs benefit our students because they allow students to study in the field of their choice for four years of high school,” explained Career & Technical Education Coordinator, Melinda Pugh.  “Each of our programs of study provides the students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience.  Our practicum courses (usually taken in their senior year) provides our students with real-world experiences that are a result of our collaboration with our business and community partnerships.”

Well done Nurse Dillard!