Forty-two students from the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES Practical Nursing Programs -- based at the BOCES Career and Technical Education Centers at Belmont and Olean, as well as the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville -- received graduation pins and diplomas during a special ceremony held on Friday, June 8, 2007, at 7 p.m. at Allegany-Limestone Central School. The faculty speaker for the occasion was Joan Weinman, RN, Belmont BOCES Practical Nursing Instructor. Catherine Lyter, RN, BSN, Lead Instructor of Practical Nursing, served as mistress of ceremonies and introduced students who received their graduation pins and diplomas from Kelly Williams, RN, BSN, Springville Instructor; Kimberly Dieteman, RN, BSN, Olean Instructor; and Ms. Weinman.
The event commemorated the students’ completion of the two-year program. All of the BOCES nursing program graduates are now eligible to sit for the New York and Pennsylvania State Practical Nursing Licensing Examinations.
Graduates receiving special awards included:
- Academic Excellence - Anna Densmore, Belmont; Julie Burdick, Olean; Trisha Wainwright, Springville
- Excellence in Clinical Practice - Sonya Middaugh, Belmont; Michele Charnisky, Olean; Renee Kamrowski, Springville
- Exceptional Attendance - Nikki Havens, Belmont; Julie Burdick, Kathryn Hernandez, Laura Lindsey, Debbie Shackelford, Olean; Jeanne Riordan, Springville
- Congeniality Award - Sarah Chamberlain, Belmont
- Highest Score on the NCLEX-PN Readiness Assessment Test - Janise Dash, Olean.
- Kathi Ward Foundation Nursing Development Committee Scholarship - Laura Lindsey, Olean.
Belmont BOCES graduates pictured left to right are: front row - Sonya Middaugh, Belmont; Sarah Chamberlain, Cuba; Anita Michael, Hornell; Elizabeth Roberts, Wellsville; and back row - Jennifer Blimline, Belmont; Beth Kuhn, Cuba; Anna Densmore, Andover; Nikki Havens, Wellsville.
Olean BOCES graduates pictured left to right are: front row - Debbie Shackelford, Olean; Laura Lindsey, Olean; Pamela Mead, Port Allegany, PA; Jennifer Billotte, St. Marys, PA; Julie Burdick, Smethport, PA; Jennifer Vassar, Salamanca; Ashley VanGorder, Bradford, PA; Felix Acosta, Salamanca; second row - Ramona Thomas, Port Allegany, PA; Samantha Gallup, Smethport, PA; Tina Johnston, Bradford, PA; Michele Charnisky, Bradford, PA; Jessica Gallup, Smethport, PA; Kathryn Hernandez, Franklinville; Lori Gardner, Ridgway, PA; Christine Newark, Bradford, PA; Jennifer Freer, Eldred, PA; and back row - Jeanne Jaspersen, Salamanca; Carol Hairston, Smethport, PA; James Judkins, Bradford, PA; Bridget Pridy, Franklinville; Lisa Orndoff, Bradford, PA; Janise Dash, Salamanca; Kelle Grassi, Bradford, PA. Missing from the photo was Laurie Riordan, Allegany.
Bertrand-Chaffee Hospital, Springville, graduates pictured left to right are: front row - Renee Kamrowski, Farmersville; Amber King, Machias; Tanessa Armour, Delevan; Jeanne Riordan, Delevan; and back row - Kathy Dick, Franklinville; Danielle Wiepert, Delevan; Beverly Seibert, West Valley; Trisha Wainwright, Yorkshire; Tina Armstrong, Perrysburg.