Nursing Graduates Honored at Pinning Ceremony

Jefferson Community College (JCC) held its annual Pinning Ceremony for graduates of the College’s nursing program on May 16, 2013 in the College’s Sturtz Theater. Twenty-one candidates for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in nursing were eligible to take part in this special program.

The “Pinning Ceremony” is a time-honored tradition at all institutions of higher education that offer degrees in nursing. The ceremony is symbolic of the transition from a student to entry into nursing as a profession. The pin is designed to be unique to each school of nursing. After being “pinned”, each student recites Florence Nightingale’s pledge.

During the Pinning Ceremony, JCC nursing students were honored for their outstanding achievements with the presentation of various awards.

The Debra R. Marsala Excellence in Nursing Award, bestowed upon an individual who demonstrates dedication, excellence and passion for the profession of nursing, was awarded to Shawna Lee White, Watertown.

The Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Award, established to honor a senior nursing student who exemplifies excellence in caring and providing service to the sick, was awarded to Kady Lynn Boynton, Adams Center. 

Roger Scott Hildreth, Jr., Watertown, was the recipient of the Marion Brennon Personal Growth in Nursing Award, bestowed upon an individual who perseveres in the nursing program while overcoming many personal challenges along the way.

The North Country Professional Nurses Association District 6 Award, bestowed upon an individual who demonstrates commitment to the nursing profession and leadership in a professional organization, was awarded to Maureen Elizabeth Moore, Fort Drum.

Andrea Paratore, Cape Vincent, was the recipient of the Samaritan Medical Center HEART Award which recognizes a student who consistently incorporates compassion and comfort measures during his/her care for patients.

The STAR Award in Memory of Dr. Walter S. Atkinson, bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated clinical and academic excellence and has consistently performed at the highest level, was awarded to Kayla Jane Elie, Calcium.  

Five nursing students recognized for being inducted into JCC’s Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the official international honor society for community colleges, are Shannon Elizabeth Der, Lowville; Felicia Marie Harris, Watertown; Marissa L. Johnson, Sackets Harbor; Jillian Mary Elizabeth Young, Watertown; and Rebeka Fay Roberts, Copenhagen.

 

Photo Compliments of Burns Photography
First row
(l-r): Rebeka Fay Roberts, Copenhagen; Ashley Nicole Franklin, Watertown; Kathleen Louise McAvoy, Black River; Stefani Joan Belina, Watertown; Jillian Mary Elizabeth Young, Watertown; Lindsey Ruth Williams, Watertown; Marissa L. Johnson, Sackets Harbor

Second row (l-r): Kayla Jane Elie, Calcium; Sheila May Zeller, Gouverneur; Felicia Marie Harris, Watertown; Shawna Lee White, Watertown; Chelsea Marie Ashcroft, Carthage; Shannon Elizabeth Der, Lowville; Stephanie Maries Morales, Fort Drum; Amber C. Lacey, Carthage

Back row (l-r): Andrea Paratore, Cape Vincent; Stephanie Ann Persons, Port Leyden; Jason Alexander Pierce, Carthage; Roger Scott Hildreth, Jr., Watertown; Maureen Elizabeth Moore, Fort Drum; Kady Lynn Boynton, Adams Center

 

Nursing Graduates Honored for Various Awards
(l-r) Shawna Lee White of Watertown, recipient of the Debra R. Marsala Excellence in Nursing Award; Roger Scott Hildreth, Jr. of Watertown, recipient of the Marion Brennon Personal Growth in Nursing Award; Maureen Elizabeth Moore of Fort Drum, recipient of the North Country Professional Nurses Association District 6 Award; Kady Lynn Boynton of Adams Center, recipient of the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Award; Andrea Paratore of Cape Vincent, recipient of the Samaritan Medical Center HEART Award; and Kayla Jane Elie of Calcium, recipient of the STAR Award in Memory of Dr. Walter S. Atkinson.