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During School Board Recognition Month this October, we would like to thank the members of the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for their service and all that they do for BOCES and our students! Thank you to: Daniel LaLonde, Thomas Shypski, Jack Bono, Ronald Loiacono, Janine Lynch, William Miller, James Schmid, Michelle Szarek, Linda Tharp and Daniel Voce!
41 local adults complete Herkimer BOCES nursing program
July 5, 2016




LPN graduates during a candle-lighting ceremony
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult practical nursing program graduates participate in a candle-lighting ceremony and participate in a nursing pledge led by instructor Janet Vickers during the nursing program’s 52nd Commencement and Pledge Ceremony on Wednesday, June 29, at Herkimer High School.



HERKIMER – During the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult practical nursing program’s 52nd Commencement and Pledge Ceremony on Wednesday, June 29, nursing program Coordinator Sara Nicolette told the graduates how important nursing has been in her life.

“Nursing to me means reaching from deep inside and taking care of other people,” Nicolette said, before adding that nursing to her also means helping people, getting dirty, sitting with families whose loved ones are sick or dying and teaching her students. “And I would hope that some of that would have been put into you.”

More than 40 local adults completed the Herkimer BOCES nursing program this school year, and they were recognized during the 52nd Commencement and Pledge Ceremony on Wednesday, June 29, at Herkimer High School. There were 13 graduates from the full-time class, 11 graduates from the part-time, day class and 17 graduates from the part-time, evening class.

Herkimer BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua welcomed guests to the event and talked about how vital the nursing program is to BOCES’ goals.

“The opportunity to help adults in the community and give them a skill in a field our community really needs is something we’re really, really proud of,” he said.

Vivacqua thanked the graduates’ families and friends for their support, and he congratulated the graduates for managing to complete the program while juggling jobs, children and other challenges.

“It’s a lot of hard work,” he said.

Nicolette also said she is proud of students’ families for supporting them.

“Every family needs a nurse,” she said.

Nicolette also spoke to the graduates about their supporters.

“You’re here because of them and you’re here for them,” she said.

One student was selected from each class to give a farewell address during the ceremony: Jason Nutt from the full-time class, Jessica Loucks from the part-time, day class and Lisa Berry from the part-time, evening class. All three speakers thanked their family and friends and Herkimer BOCES teachers and staff.

Nutt spoke about taking the full-time class while also working full time at Remington Arms. He recalled starting at 5 a.m. to go to nursing clinical, finishing school for the day at 3 p.m. and then working from 3:30 p.m. to midnight at Remington Arms – and doing it over and over again.

During times that completing the nursing program seemed challenging, Nutt remembered the people behind him, pushing him, he said.

“I couldn’t give up,” he said.

Nutt also read messages from all the full-time students to their supporters.

Loucks spoke about how many things the part-time, day class went through, and she said they learned so much.

“Through it all, we have persevered, and every one of us deserves to be standing here today,” Loucks said.

Berry said part-time, evening students missed a lot of time with their families such as sporting events that took place during their classes.

“It was a sacrifice we made to better ourselves and our families,” she said.

Other highlights of the commencement included a candle-lighting ceremony, nursing instructor Janet Vickers leading the students in a nursing pledge and Herkimer BOCES Director of Adult, Early Childhood and Outreach Education Mary Kline officially announcing the nursing Class of 2016 as graduated.

Award winners:

The following students received awards during the ceremony for either academic achievements or for qualities voted on by faculty:

Full-time:
  • Victoria Morgan: Highest Average in Fundamentals of Nursing Award, Highest Average in Medical/Surgical Theory Award and Highest Average in Maternal Child Health Award.
     
  • Amber Spinner: Most Professional and Academic Growth Award.
     
  • Noralina Fleury: Florence Nightingale Award.
     
  • Jason Nutt: Best Clinical Nurse Award.

Part-time, day:
  • Heather Gates: Highest Average in Fundamentals of Nursing Award and Highest Average in Maternal Child Health Award.
     
  • Jamie DeFazio: Highest Average in Medical/Surgical Theory Award.
     
  • Margarita Salcedo: Most Professional and Academic Growth Award.
     
  • Jessica Loucks: Florence Nightingale Award.
     
  • Jessica McLain: Best Clinical Nurse Award.

Part-time, evening:
  • Lisa Berry: Highest Average in Fundamentals of Nursing Award and Highest Average in Medical/Surgical Theory Award (tie).
     
  • Jessica Bankert: Highest Average in Medical/Surgical Theory Award (tie) and Highest Average in Maternal Child Health Award.
     
  • Colleen Condon: Most Professional and Academic Growth Award.
     
  • Antoinette Thrash: Florence Nightingale Award.
     
  • Sarah Pulliam: Best Clinical Nurse Award.

Graduates:

The following is a list of all the graduates from each program:

Full-time:
  • Jessica Benniger
     
  • Andrea Blackshear
     
  • Elma Jean Blades
     
  • Katelyn Filipczuk
     
  • Noralina Fleury
     
  • Lauren Grainer
     
  • Jacquelynn Jones
     
  • Stacy Loucks
     
  • Cornelia McGuilvory
     
  • Victoria Morgan
     
  • Jason Nutt
     
  • Amber Spinner
     
  • Jessica Watson

Part-time, day:
  • Jennifer Amendolare
     
  • Jamie DeFazio
     
  • Heather Gates
     
  • Jessica Loucks
     
  • Jessica McLain
     
  • Michelle Miller
     
  • Monica Morse
     
  • Aura Ramirez
     
  • Brandi Richardson
     
  • Margarita Salcedo
     
  • BrieAyn Updyke

Part-time, evening:
  • Jessica Bankert
     
  • Lisa Berry
     
  • Amanda Carpenter
     
  • Colleen Condon
     
  • Amber Eckler
     
  • Heather Foster
     
  • Cherrelle Glover
     
  • Jessica Marquise
     
  • Sarah Pulliam
     
  • Ashlie Roe
     
  • Shelley Russell
     
  • John Saltis
     
  • Vanneat Say
     
  • Anna Smith
     
  • Courtney Terzi
     
  • Antoinette Thrash
     
  • Sarah Tucker

For information on the Herkimer BOCES adult practical nursing program, call 315-867-2210 or visit lpn.herkimerboces.schoolfusion.us or www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCESLPN.



Jason Nutt gives farewell speech
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult practical nursing program graduate Jason Nutt gives the farewell address for the full-time class during the Herkimer BOCES nursing program’s 52nd Commencement and Pledge Ceremony on Wednesday, June 29, at Herkimer High School.


Nursing candle-lighting ceremony
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult practical nursing program graduates participate in a candle-lighting ceremony and participate in a nursing pledge led by instructor Janet Vickers during the nursing program’s 52nd Commencement and Pledge Ceremony on Wednesday, June 29, at Herkimer High School.


Mary Kline announces the Class of 2016
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Director of Adult, Early Childhood and Outreach Education Mary Kline officially announces the Herkimer BOCES adult practical nursing program Class of 2016 as graduated during the 52nd Commencement and Pledge Ceremony on Wednesday, June 29, at Herkimer High School.



 
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