By Kyle Boaz
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center honored its nursing graduates at the 44th graduation ceremony held at the Clopton High School gym on Tuesday, June 26.
The class of 2018 was: Bridgette Adams, Adam Cartwright, Jennifer Grimes, Caitlin Harlan, Kayelee Harrower, Keaka Hetlage, Katelyn Holmes, Christina Hunsicker, Leah Long, Savannah Hyde, Hailey McMurphy, Hanna Monjaraz, Mariah Phillips, Kaylyn Powell, Gabrielle-Sierra Rodgers, Tricia Stallmann and Jerica Walters.
Philips was the class valedictorian with the award being presented by Jinnifer Hagan. The award is sponsored by SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain in Mexico.
Grimes was the class salutatorian and was presented the award for the honor by Judy Prater, Pike County Memorial Hospital Director of Nursing. The award is sponsored by Pike County Memorial Hospital.
Harlan, Holmes and Hyde were are recipients of Outstanding Student Awards.
The award, sponsored by Mercy Hospital Lincoln Nursing Staff, are given to students for “dedication, good moral character and integrity throughout the program despite financial burden while earning their nursing certificate,” according to a press release.
Holmes also received the SSM Health St. Joseph West Hospital-Lake St. Louis Clinical Excellence Award.
Monjaraz was named the Mercy Hospital Lincoln Clinical Excellent Award recipient along with the Hospice Care Award from Pike County Hospice for showing an interest in hospice care.
Long, who was also Student Nursing Organization President and speaker during the graduation ceremony, received the Leadership Award and the Outstanding Attendance Award for having the best attendance percentage in the program.
Cartwright received the Community Service Award from Pike County Health Department, Home Health and Hospice for showing interest and actively participating in volunteerism and community service.
Walters received the Pike County Memorial Hospital Clinical Excellence Award presented by Prater.
Harrower received the Maple Grove Lodge Clinical Excellence Award.
The opening remarks were given by Michelle Booth, Practical Nursing Coordinator, who also performed the pinning ceremony.
Practical Nursing Instructors Jessica Reinhardt and Nikki Stroud presented the certificates and flowers.
Closing remarks were given by Pike-Lincoln Technical Center Director Martin Hanley.