MARION, S.C. – The senior class of the Marion County School of Practical Nursing held its graduation exercises on June 4 at the C.D. Joyner Fine Arts Center.
Guests were welcomed by Darrell Jameson, the director of the Academy for Careers and Technology, to celebrate the graduation of more than a dozen students.
Awards for the first-year class – or Phase I – were presented to Cindy Kit Bullock (Pilot Club Scholarship), Devin Lindbom, Sharon Warren, Whitney Green, and Suzanna Bran (Marion County Healthcare Foundation).
Graduate awards such as Best Clinical Nurse went to Nache’ Mullins. The Scholastic Achievement Award was presented to Kimberly Hemingway. Preshe’ Reed was named The Most Improved student.
The guest speaker was Susan Baker, who works at an ambulatory surgery center in Florence and serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Marion County School of Practical Nursing. Baker has been a part of the nursing profession for 28 years. Her experience as a nurse has made her invaluable to her role as an adjunct clinical instructor.
The marshals for graduation were Sharon Warren, Nakisha Sprauve, Whitney Green, Ashley Rogers.
Candace Bethea, the superintendent of Marion County Schools, Marion County school board chairwoman Cynthia Legette and Jameson presented a certificate signifying the completion of the program of practical nursing to each graduate. Instructors Shana Lee, Misty Owens and Tracy Oakley presented the school pins.
Members of the graduating class were LaShawndia Brown-Wheeler, Cherele Renee’ Crowder, Avaia Shaniese Daniels, Shambreka Shakeria Eaddy, Kenyata ShaNell Graves-Keitt, Kimberly Hemingway, Chelsee McRae, Nache’ Mullins, Ti’Kara Michelle Palmer, Preshe’ Reed, Rebecca Leighanne Sapp, Phyliss Omeka Warren, Jennifer Marie Williams, Jamie Lashaunda Winns and Kristal Marie Woodberry.