SCCTC graduates first LP nursing class

Soon-to-be minted Practical Nursing grads patiently wait on the stage of Elk Lake High School’s auditorium for a much sought after diploma last Thursday night.

Soon-to-be minted Practical Nursing grads patiently wait on the stage of Elk Lake High School’s auditorium for a much sought after diploma last Thursday night.

BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Times Shamrock Writer

The Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center graduated its first Licensed Practical Nursing class last Thursday evening, July 3, at the Elk Lake High School auditorium.

Although there was an electric storm outside, things were calm but excited indoors at the Elk Lake High School auditorium as SCCTC director Alice Davis welcomed guests and soon-to-be grads.

She noted that their diploma in practical nursing placed the 29 students in a unique and special segment of society.

School board member Anne Teel provided some introductory remarks and LPN soon-to-be graduates Cassandra Sekely, Tori Carpenter and Teara Sutton provided greetings from the graduating class.

Nursing director and LPN Program Coordinator Sherrie J. Bazin addressed the graduates and special awards were given out.

They included:
*Florence Nightingale Awards to Teara Sutton for clinical excellence and Rachel Decker for overall leadership;
*Mary Mahoney Awards to Tori Carpenter for most improved educational growth and Maureen Kelly for most improved personal growth;
*Mary Breckenridge Critical Thinker Award to Amy Natterer;
*Virginia Henderson Professionalism Award to Cassandra Sekely;
*Edith Cavell Patient Advocate Award to Aimee Oswald; and
*Clara Barton Excellence in Nursing Care Award to Teresita Patackas.

Diplomas were conferred and pins applied on the following: Taylor L. Brewer of Montrose; Amanda C. Carbone of Montrose; Tori Lee Carpenter of Dalton; Stephanie Consla-Babcock of Susquehanna; Eva Marie Constantino of Montrose; Rachel N. Decker (Salutatoriaan) of Springville; Jonathan Thomas Glaush of Nicholson; Amy Lynn Hart of Dallas; April M. Jayne of Friendsville; Maureen Elizabeth Kelly of Stevensville; Kristina Kinney of Meshoppen; Amanda S. Lathrop (Valedictorian) of Springville; Ana M. Masso-Somerville of Binghamton, N.Y.; Amy Marie Natterer of Kingsley; Heidi Nikolaidis of Montrose; Krysten M. Novakowski of Montrose; Aimee M. Oswald of Springville; Nicolette Alexis Pasquali of Springville; Teresita S. Patackas of Tunkhannock; Sheila Roberts of Nicholson; awn Irene Schwartztrauber of Springville; Cassandra Sekely (with honors) of Meshoppen; Irini Sheffler of Montrose; Patricia Marie Spencer of Tunkhannock; Janice Lee Stankiewicz of Kingsley; Cheryl Stewart of Meshoppen; Hannah Striley of Montrose; Teara Marie Sutton of Susquehanna; and Susan E. Wilson of Montrose.