SPINDALE – Fifty-five Foothills Nursing Consortium nursing students were awarded their pins at a special ceremony today.
The Pinning Ceremony, held at The Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center at Isothermal Community College, is the traditional graduation event for the students in the Associate Degree Nursing program. The consortium is a joint effort between Isothermal, Cleveland Community College and McDowell Technical Community College.
The graduates of the 2018 class are Lori Martin Abbott, Tamra Roxanne Atkins, Kyle Montana Barrier, Brittany Mari Berglund, Ashley Marie Bilby, Jacob Aaron Blanton, Amanda Marie Bodnar, Brandy Ann Calvert, Casey Marie Chapman, Mary Anne Chicos, Tamisha Yavette Clemons, Morgan Bryan Craig, Haley Isabella Dantos, Sandra Sain DeAngelis, Collin Andrew Dula, Macie Christina Dula, Katie Ann Edwards, Sarah Grace Effler, Regine Nevado Galleto, Brandy Nicole Garner, Kara Nicole Garvin, Jennifer Mikell George, Crystal Collins Gonzalez, Christy Michelle Henderson, Megan Brooke Hentschel, Cathy Horne, Mary Ann Johnson, Kayley Ann Jones, Ashley Freeman Kerlee, Van Lanford Kirby, Cara Ellis Lancaster, Keona Chanel Littlejohn, Tiffany Jane Lowman, Lindsey Rebekah McCoy, Kiersten Lee Mentink, Jordan Fields Moore
Danson Ndungu, Laura Kisselburg Newton, Fehintola F. Olubori, Whitney Marie Parks, Alyssa Danielle Parris, Jamison Lee Porcella, Kayla Christine Ramey, Kayla Breanna Rickman, Elizabeth Ann Riddle, Katie Elizabeth Runion, Sandy Michelle Searcy, Kaitlyn Rene Schweiger, Candice Yvonne Scruggs, Lacey R. Smith, Hannah Cudd Starling, David Kofi Tetteh-Ocloo, Katie Hamby Toms, Maria Jose Velasco and Kate Biggerstaff Wall.
After marching in to the processional, “Addie’s Song,” the new nurses were welcomed by Andy Dula, the co-president of the class. The students were congratulated by ICC Pres. Walter Dalton before they heard further remarks from Tiffany Lowman, the other class co-president.
Judy Melton, dean of Health Sciences at McDowell Tech, introduced the speaker, Dr. Ernest Grant, who serves as vice president of the American Nursing Association and is the burn outreach coordinator for UNC Hospitals.
One of the students, Mary Ann Johnson, presented special music and a slide presentation, accompanied by Carol Johnson and Steve Cotarelo.
Dr. John Lattimore, dean of Business and Allied Health at CCC, presented the nursing awards. Then, Dr. Kim Amos, FNC director, conducted the pinnings and lit the Nightingale lamps with the assistance of instructors Marian Price and Avis Morrow.
The ceremony closed with music by instructor Norma Mott and a prayer by class member Genia Toms.