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Seniors scramble to meet CPR requirements ahead of graduation

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

High school seniors will soon wrap it all up, but before they do, they have to fit in one last crucial class.

It is a requirement statewide that all Arkansas high school seniors have the CPR training.

On Wednesday, Westside High School seniors scrambled to finish the training so they can get their diploma in May.

We learned the CPR techniques, they taught us what to do in an emergency situation, who to call, and what to tell others to do, Shelby Leonard, a Westside senior, said.

Westside also provided additional training for students to get CPR certified, which many of them did.

Leonard said she and her fellow classmates were put to the test in a three-hour long training session.

They used dummies and trained as if they were in a real-life scenario.

The senior said she, like the rest of her classmates, feel confident if faced with an emergency.

They showed us what it was like in an emergency situation, Leonard said. And people just stand around and they don't know what to do, and so now, we know what to do.

Leonard became CPR certified on Tuesday.

Students who are certified must renew it every two years for it to stay active.

I definitely recommend for everyone to get certified, Leonard said. Even if youre not certified, go through some type of CPR training. We also learned how to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator), and that would also be good to know how to use because if nobody knows how to do CPR and theres someone who needs it, youre there.

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