On April 17, 2014 the Practical Nursing Class at Pike-Lincoln Technical Center (PLTC) held their Pinning Ceremony. This year the ceremony was held at Pike County R-III (Clopton) gymnasium. In the past, nurses traditionally received a cap in a capping ceremony. Since today’s nurses no longer wear caps; students receive a pin to signify completing half of the program. Eighteen students accomplished this milestone in their education.
The welcome was given by Andy Jolly, Pike-Lincoln Technical Center’s Assistant Director. Explanation of the pinning ceremony was given by Debbie Housman, PN Coordinator/Instructor. Ms. Housman also spoke to the students on “How each of them make a Difference,” and challenged them to pay this tribute forward until graduation. Pinning and presentation of the Florence Nightingale lamps was done by nursing instructor, Jennie Whitlock. The Practical Nursing Pledge was led by Lara Fischer, this years’ Class President, and was recited by all the students and each nurse present who wished to renew their pledge to nursing. Alexis Barnes, this years’ class Vice President, recited the Nurses prayer to close the ceremony. Cookies and punch were provided by the class to family and friends after the ceremony.
The following Practical Nursing students received their pin and lamp: Alisha Anderson, Troy; Alexis Barnes, Bowling Green; Lindsey Barnhart, Troy; Heather Blackwell, Bowling Green; Casandra Burse, Louisiana; Jeff Calvin, Louisiana; Sarah Conway, Wentzville; Lara Fischer, Vandalia; Shelby Hunter, Annada; Lance Johnson, Clarksville; Andrea Jones, Creve Coeur; Jennifer Keller, Elsberry; Hannah Lovelace, Troy; Paul Martin, Bowling Green; Edith Ortega, Wright City; Victoria Peatross, Warrenton; Jessica Portwood, Bowling Green; Amber Williams, Annada.