James Rumsey Technical Institute graduates a 'particularly good class'

June 08, 2012|By TRISH RUDDER |
  • James Rumsey Technical Institute LPN graduates Chastity Harper, left, and Trish Crow want to continue with their education to become registered nurses.
By Trish Rudder, Staff Writer

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — The 2012 James Rumsey Technical Institute graduation ceremony was held Friday night in the Hedgesville High School auditorium.

This is a “particularly good class,” school Principal/Director Vicki Jenkins said. “They came with a purpose.”

About 110 full-time students graduated this year, Jenkins said.

Clifford Arntz, the electromechanical technology I instructor, said that many of the older students are displaced workers.

Dale Collene Scully, 57, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was the top student of the Culinary Arts program.

Scully said she was laid off from her former job as a chiropractic/physical therapy assistant.

Since she was at a crossroads in her life, “now was the time to go back to school for something I really love,” Scully said.

“I decided to follow my dream,” she said.

Culinary Arts program graduate John Hendley, 51, of Martinsburg, W.Va., is also a National Technical Honor Society member.

He said after 12 years of working for a lawn-service company, “I decided to do what I always wanted.”
Hendley also received this year’s Director’s Award.


“John goes above and beyond,” Jenkins said.

Elisa McGee, 39, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was one of six National Technical Honor Society members in the Licensed Practical Nursing program. She wants to continue her education and obtain a registered nursing degree. 

LPN graduate Chastity Harper, 34, of Falling Waters, W.Va., said she hopes to work in Martinsburg, W.Va. as “soon as I pass my board exam.”

And Trish Crow, 25, of Wolfsville, Md., is already working as a geriatric nursing assistant at a Boonsboro, Md., nursing home.

Both Harper and Crow want to become registered nurses.

In her address, Jenkins urged the graduates to “find your passion and live your dream … take time for others — lend an ear, lend a shoulder… and to take time to thank those that supported you.”

“Anything worth having is worth the effort it takes to get there,” she  said.

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