PIQUA — Nineteen students from the Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division Practical Nursing program were graduated Nov. 24.
The graduation event was attended by Upper Valley Career Center staff members, family and friends.
Dr. Nancy Luce, superintendent, welcomed those in attendance and congratulated the graduates.
Class Adviser Vickie Ashman commended the graduates on their accomplishment and offered words of inspiration: “You entered this program with the goal of becoming a nurse. As this part of your educational journey comes to an end, today is your day, and I am very proud of each of you. It is my honor to welcome you to the nursing profession.”
Lori Ludwig, practical nursing program director, congratulated all graduates and paid special tribute to individuals who demonstrated high academic success. Recognition for honors went to Kala Branscum, of Sidney, Sarah Lewis, of Piqua, and Danyell Youssef, of Troy. Recognition of highest honors went to Tasha Craig, of Laura, and Kristin Thrasher, of Sidney.
Dr. Barbara Wagner, adult division director, awarded the diplomas and Ashman pinned the graduates.
Local graduates are Chelsie Weinstock, of Anna; Charmaline Zephirin, of New Bremen; Kala Branscum, Stacie Edwards, Tracie Fleming, Rhonda Lowery and Kristin Thrasher, of Sidney; and Jodi Moore, of Yorkshire.