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Students Graduate from NETC Practical Nursing Program

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Seventeen Northeastern Technical College students made a pledge to the nursing profession on Wednesday, December 10, during the practical nursing pinning ceremony held at the college's main campus in Cheraw.

This was the 22nd class to graduate the 12-month practical nursing program since its inception in 1993.

The nursing students were recognized before family members, friends and college administrators for successfully completing the rigorous program that prepares them to take the National Council Licensure Examination in order to become licensed practical nurses.

Two students were recognized for their achievements in the nursing program. April McDaniel of Bennettsville received the Practical Nursing Academic Excellence Award for having the highest grade point average and showing determination, dedication and perseverance. Delicia Robinson of Cheraw received the Jean L. Harris Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance for exemplifying "the total nurse" and having superior clinical skills.

Class president Jennifer Upshaw spoke to the audience about the journey her and classmates made towards earning their practical nursing certification, and Chesterfield General ER nurse Dan Allen was the guest speaker for the event.

During the pinning ceremony, each student wears the traditional white nursing uniform and is formally presented with a specially designed NETC nursing pin and a symbolic lamp.

Nursing student Brandi Rivers of Ruby explained the meaning of each symbol, and told the story of Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing, before she and her classmates recited the Nightingale Pledge and performed a ceremonial lighting of their lamps.

The dedication song "I believe," by Fantasia was performed by NETC employee Michelle White. The Rev. Will McCall of Charity Community Church in Cheraw gave the invocation.

NETC President Dr. Ron Bartley, provided the welcoming remarks and thanked friends and family members who provided encouragement and support for those going through the practical nursing program. Dr. Bartley also formally presented the practical nursing class of 2014 to the audience at the closing of the ceremony.

Practical nursing graduates included Ashley Alexander of Pageland, Glenda Nicole Blanton of Bennettsville, Sherika Bostic of Bennettsville, Tonia Cook of Bennettsville, Shannon Fomenky of Bennettsville, Shanita Grant of Society Hill, April McDaniel of Bennettsville, Sarah Rabon of Patrick, Nolan Ramsey of Mt. Croghan, Brandi Rivers of Ruby, Delicia Robinson of Cheraw, Rebekah Robinson of Bennettsville, Teresa Robinson of Hartsville, Vanessa Scott of Society Hill, Mikayla Steen of Chesterfield, Jennifer Upshaw of Cheraw and Megan Welliver of Cheraw.

Group photo cutline: Pictured is Northeastern Technical College's practical nursing class of 2014: front row, from left, Tonia Cook, Ashley Alexander, Jennifer Upshaw, Teresa Robinson, Brandi Rivers and Sherika Bostic. Second row, from left, Shannon Fomenky, Mikayla Steen, Megan Welliver, Vanessa Scott, Sarah Rabon, Nolan Ramsey, Shanita Grant, G. Nicole Blanton, Delicia Robinson, Rebekah Robinson, and April McDaniel.

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