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Nursing program students graduate

March 06, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Graduation for students of the February class of the Franklin County Career and Technology Center’s Practical Nursing Program was Feb. 7 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Chambersburg.

It was the 108th graduating class of the nursing program.

The graduates continue the tradition of well-respected, competent graduates who have touched the lives of many people in Franklin County and the surrounding area for more than 50 years.

Welcoming comments were given by Keith Yohn, administrative director of the tech center. The graduation address was given by nurse Sharyll Hockenberry, who relayed the importance of four traits that must be developed to ensure success — scholarship, leadership, community service and character.

Janyce Collier, the nurse administrator, presented the class to Larry Funk, vice chairman of the tech center, joint operating committee, stating the graduates had successfully completed the 230-day, 1,610-hour program and were eligible to receive diplomas.

The faculty nurses, Gay Gaugler, and Deborah Coombs, presented the graduates with school pins and lamps. The organist was Jody Hartman, and Victoria and Pam Hoffeditz were the soloists. The Rev. Nick Noll gave the invocation and benediction.

Awards were presented by faculty member nurse Pam Hoffeditz.

Jessica Myers of Chambersburg received the Florence Nightingale award, sponsored by Dr. Paul Orange and Menno Haven Inc.

Tia Timmons of St. Thomas, Pa., received the Clinical Practice Award, sponsored by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Chambersburg and the faculty of the nursing program.

Crystal Hileman of Camp Hill, Pa., received the Scholastic Award, sponsored by Psychological Services Bureau in memory of Anna S. Evans.

Alicia Caldwell of Williamsport received the Geriatric Award, sponsored by Sandra Offutt.

Jennifer Harris of McConnellsburg, Pa., Timmons and Abigail Warehime of Carlisle, Pa., received awards for perfect attendance, sponsored by the Practical Nursing Program.

Nurse leaders from Falling Spring Nursing and Rehab Center, Menno Haven/Menno Village, Roxbury Treatment Center and Manor Care attended, as well as David Keller, chairman of the Franklin County Commissioners.

The tech center nursing program, on the campus of Wilson College, is a one-year program that provides the theory and clinical learning experience to prepare graduates for eligibility to take the licensing exam to practice nursing. The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Inc., which is the gold standard for accreditation of nursing programs. It is approved by the Veterans Administration and the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

The graduates are Laken Beers of St. Thomas; Richard Bradnick of Fayetteville, Pa.; Alicia Caldwell of Williamsport; Katelyn Carson of Shippensburg, Pa.; Pamela Frazier of Orrtanna, Pa.; Jennifer Harris of McConnellsburg; Jason Heinbaugh of Carlisle, Pa.; Crystal Hileman of Camp Hill; Audrey Hoyt of Waynesboro, Pa.; Lauren Kump of Newville, Pa.; Latroya Moore of Chambersburg; Sarah Moxley of St. Thomas; Jessica Myers of Chambersburg; Nicole Pritchard of Gettysburg, Pa.; Nicole Ruquist of Chambersburg; Kristy Shearer of Newville; Latisha Shelly of Shippensburg; Corney Strauser of Orbisonia, Pa.; Tia Timmons of St. Thomas; Emily Tritle of Chambersburg; Rwanda Vasser of Mount Holly Springs, Pa.; Amanda Wadel of Shippensburg; Carline Wallace of Biglerville, Pa.; and Abigail Warehime of Carlisle.

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