Tuesday evening, April 21th, 14 Med Prep seniors were pinned at Tri Star Career Compact’s annual Med Prep pinning ceremony. This is the 19th year for the ceremony which recognizes graduating seniors for their hard work and dedication to the Med Prep program over the last two years.
The ceremony opened with a welcome from junior Med Prep, SkillsUSA president, Madison Rose.Michaela Siefring, the senior Med Prep SkillsUSA president, spoke on behalf of the seniors reflecting on their experiences and what they learned in the Med Prep program.A light hearted moment followed when senior superlatives were handed out.
Janet Nelson, Med Prep instructor, pinned each senior with a caduceus pin, a well-recognized medical symbol of two serpents entwined around a staff surmounted with wings.The pin is worn throughout their final weeks of observation for the Med Prep class, as well as in their future careers.
Tim Buschur, Tri Star’s Director, presented each graduate with a career passport. The passport is a portfolio which contains documentation of a student’s educational, community and work experience, including a certification of the skills the students have mastered in the College Tech Prep Med Prep program.Seniors were also presented with a red rose, a gift from the junior class.
The evening concluded with a candle lighting ceremony, recitation of the Health Occupations Pledge by students, and closing thoughts from Nelson.
In an unusual twist, Buschur came forward again; to express his gratitude to Nelson for the 22 years she has taught the Tri Star Med Prep program.He noted that she has taught some 700 students during her tenure and touched thousands of lives by way of the students who have pursued careers in the medical profession.Nelson is retiring at the conclusion of the school year.
Graduating seniors and their future plans include:
Erica Sudhoff - plans to attend Wright State University-Lake Campus for nursing
Emma Homan - plans to attend Wright State University – Lake Campus for nursing
From Fort Recovery:
Katie Braun - plans to seek an entry-level job in health care
Debra Link - plans to attend Rhodes State College for dental hygiene
Cassidy Rammel - plans to attend University of St. Francis for nursing
Caley Shoenherr - plans to attend University of St. Francis for nursing
From New Knoxville:
Ashlan Schwarck- plans to attend Rhodes State College for Medical Imaging
From St. Henry:
Michaela Siefring - plans to attend Wright State University-Lake Campus for nursing
Katelyn Goettemoeller - plans to attend Wright State University-Lake Campus for nursing
Carli Rindler - plans to attend Wright State Lake Campus but major is undecided
From St. Marys:
Alissa Gibson - plans to attend Rhodes State College for nursing
Madison Ginter - plans to attend Wright State University for nursing
Melanie Howell - plans to attend Apollo Career Center – Adult to become an LPN
Shelby Kanorr - plans to attend Wright State University for biology/physician