Fifteen Med Prep seniors were pinned Sunday afternoon at Tri Star’s Pinning Ceremony. The annual event recognizes graduating seniors for their hard work and dedication to the Med Prep program over the last two years.
Junior Med Prep SkillsUSA president, Larisa Orick began the afternoon by welcoming parents, relatives, and school administrators to the ceremony, which was held at St. Marys Memorial High School’s performance hall. This was the first year the ceremony was not held in the Med Prep classroom due to the growth of the extremely popular program.
Erin Tebbe, Senior SkillsUSA president, spoke on behalf of the seniors reflecting on their experiences, what the Med Prep program meant to them, and gratitude for their instructors Brenda Speck and Annette Albers, as well as retired Med Prep instructor Janet Nelson.
The highlight of the ceremony was the pinning of each senior by Speck. Each senior received a caduceus pin, a universally recognized medical symbol of two serpents entwined around a staff surmounted with wings. The pin is worn throughout the senior’s 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. The junior class also gave each senior a red rose and a gift.
The afternoon concluded with a candle lighting ceremony, recitation of the Health Occupations Pledge by students, and closing thoughts from Speck.
Graduating seniors and their future plans include:
Garrett Berke - plans to attend Wright State University-Lake Campus for registered nurse (traveling nurse track)
Katelynn Bruggeman - plans to attend Kettering College for registered nurse (neonatal nurse track)
Elizabeth Mann - plans to attend Wright State University-Lake Campus for registered nurse
Noah Skapura - plans to attend Rhodes State College for paramedic
Sierra Keller - plans to attend Rhodes State College for dental hygienist
From Fort Recovery:
Aleigha Jenkins - plans to attend Wright State University-Lake Campus for registered nurse (pediatric nurse practitioner track)
From Marion Local:
Isaac Budde – plans to attend Miami University for biochemistry (pre-surgery track/Spanish)
Rachal Wolters - plans to attend Ohio Dominican University for registered nurse
Kirsten Saintignon - plans to attend University of Toledo for registered nurse (pediatric oncology nurse track)
Jenna Poeppelman – plans to attend Sinclair Community College for physical therapy assistant
From St. Henry:
Erin Tebbe - plans to attend University of Cincinnati for registered nurse (nurse anesthetist track/Spanish)
Olivia Winner - plans to attend Wright State University-Lake Campus for registered nurse
From St. Marys:
Michael Hurley - plans to attend Rhodes State College for Occupational Therapist Assistant
Piper Lininger - plans to attend Rhodes State College for Respiratory Therapist
Delaney Reynolds - plans to attend Capitol University for registered nurse (nurse practitioner track)
Elizabeth Sutton - plans to attend Wright State University for for registered nurse (nurse practitioner track)