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Spring 2018 Graduates of JCC Nursing Program Pinned

Jefferson Community College (JCC) held its annual Pinning Ceremony for graduates of the College’s nursing program on May 17, 2018 in the College’s Sturtz Theater. Twenty-one (21) 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 Curstyn Lerew, of Carthage. 

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 Trisha M. Ackerman, of Adams.                                   

Cody R. Fields, Dexter, and Kathleen M. Greene, Watertown are 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.

Sara Rillera, Woodland Hills, California, is 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 Amanda Collins, Fort Drum.   

Five nursing students were recognized for being inducted into JCC’s Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society - Matthew Barrington of Mannsville, Chelsey M. Hale of Philadelphia, Ryan S. Hinkley of Watertown, Chelsea L. Shumer of Fort Drum, and Abigail R. Widrick da Silva of Watertown.

Nurse Pinning Spring 2018: Image of Nurse Pinning StudentsNurse Pinning Spring 2018: Image of Nurse Pinning Students

Front row (l-r): Lorelei D. Henson of Theresa, Sara Rillera of Woodland Hills, California, Sandra L. Hook of Watertown, Abigail R. Widrick da Silva of Watertown, Kristin L. Farmer of Clayton, Marianna M. LaRose of Glen Park, Stephanie L. Green of Watertown, Trisha M. Ackerman of Adams, Victoria A. Ciarfella of Watertown, Chelsea L. Shumer of Fort Drum, Eva M. Fox of Glen Park 

Back row (l-r): Curstyn Lerew of Carthage, Amanda Collins of Fort Drum, Kathleen M. Greene of Watertown, Stefanie A. Timerson of Watertown, Chelsey M. Hale of Philadelphia, Megan E. Hill of Copenhagen, Cody R. Fields of Dexter, Ryan S. Hinkley of Watertown, Matthew Barrington of Mannsville, Timothy P. Kenealy of Chaumont