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Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing Celebrates 78th Commencement

The Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing (MSWSPN) celebrated the commencement of their 78th graduating class on August 1, 2013. The class of 21 students is now eligible to take their Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) exam. Graduates include: April Magno Alcock, Clifton Springs; Alyssa Maureen Ashton, Waterloo; Kelley L. Blair, Stanley; Catherine Couperus, Marion; Noelle C. DiDuro, Geneva; Kimberly A. Henderson, Prattsburgh; Brittany N. Howard, Seneca Falls; Caitlin Jane Iannopollo, Geneva; Martha M. Kamara, Rochester; Kijanna Martin, Rochester; Erika Lou Anne Medlin, Farmington; Jean Marie Menz, Honeoye; Segan Tekie Mesgina, Canandaigua; Melissa J. Norvell, Canandaigua; Kristi Lyn Opaczewski, Naples; Nicholas Paige, Geneva; Lori Ann Persing, Romulus; Amanda Jean Proctor, Stanley; Chaneisse Shondel Reaves, Rochester; Patricia A. Wiggins, Geneva; and Paige E. Wilsey, Savannah.

Awards were given to many outstanding graduates:

Nicholas Paige received the Fidelia Harman Memorial Award for highest academic achievement in nursing courses, and the Bell Family Award given to the graduate practical nurse who demonstrated perseverance and commitment by pursuing all available academic resources to achieve success in the nursing program;

April Alcock received the Marion S. Whelan Memorial Award recognizing a graduate nurse(s) who exemplifies the characteristics of dedication to nursing and self-discipline which were not only a part of Miss Whelan’s life, but are exemplified every day in the professionalism and dedication shown by the nurses in the Finger Lakes Health Education Department and throughout the organization;

Jean Menz received the Kathleen “Rita” Talbert Memorial Award for demonstrating willpower and determination in achieving her goal despite obstacles;

Kijanna Martin received the Thomas I. Whelan Memorial Award for demonstrating in her life and in nursing school the motto “Faith-Hope-Charity”, and the Alice Bergstresser Memorial Award given to the graduate practical nurse who exemplifies the characteristics Alice portrayed in her everyday living; namely determination, dedication and compassion;

Erica Medlin was presented the William J. DiCicco Memorial Award honoring the graduate who exhibits devotion to family, a strong work ethic, the value of education and love of country;

Kijanna Martin and Alyssa Ashton received the Practical Nurse Licensing and Examination Award for exemplifying, through written illustration, the personal commitment and dedication needed to travel the journey that nursing school presents;

Amanda Proctor received the MSWSPN Service Award for outstanding service in medical/surgical nursing;

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