The Eleventh Annual Pinning Ceremony of the New River Community and Technical College School of Practical Nursing was held on July 19 at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center in Summersville. Thirty-seven graduates received pins for completing the nursing program.
Joyce Egnor, RN, MSN, director of the nursing program, welcomed graduates, friends and family. New River President L. Marshall Washington and Dr. Amy DeSonia, vice president of academic affairs, presented greetings and brief remarks.
The keynote address was delivered by Deborah Hill, RN, MS, a hospital administrator who serves on the New River CTC Board of Governors. She outlined the four principles of nursing – caring, integrity, diversity and excellence.
“Human beings are our commodity,” she said. “This career is challenging, beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking. Your assignment is the life of another, and it can also be their father, mother, brother, sister or husband.”
The New River CTC Practical Nursing Program has cohorts at the Raleigh County Campus in Beckley, the Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg and the Nicholas County Campus in Summersville.
Egnor recognized the following students for outstanding achievement at each cohort: Raleigh County: Michael Dick, Clinical Student of the Year and Jason Gibson, Academic Student of the Year; Greenbrier Valley: Jessica Crane, Academic Student of the Year and Dorothea Wickline, Clinical Student of the Year; and Nicholas County: Joseph Dennison, Clinical Student of the Year and Anita Collins, Academic Student of the Year.
The Nicholas County Cohort presented a check for $3,000 to Karen Harvey of the New River CTC Foundation to help endow a nursing scholarship at that campus.
Following the address, the students received their nursing pins and lit a candle in a small lamp symbolic of the profession.
Locally, the graduates are:
Greenbrier County – Alderson: Delilah R. Smith; Crawley: Jessica Lee Crane and Dorothea Wickline; Frankford: Katelyn Marie Sparks and Richelda M. Stout; Lewisburg: Amanda Ann Delany, Valorie Lynn Quick and Jennifer Nicole White; Quinwood: Jessica Amick; Rupert: Ashley Amanda Griffith; White Sulphur Springs: Lisa M. Lafferty and McKenzie Antonia Moya.
Pocahontas County – Green Bank: Kimberly Browning Clark.