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Ardmore High School 2018 Graduates

Members of the graduating Ardmore High School Class of 2018 include, front row, from left, Stacia Thomas, Bethany Jones, Jennifer Quiroz, Alyssa Hill, Logan Thompson, Zach Kelly, Kaylee Wilson, Vivien Hembree, Amber Willingham, Valary Self; second row, from left, Katy Payne, William Padilla, Luis Clark, Brittney Aldridge, Breanna McNatt, Rebecca Lowery, Vernon Haggermaker, Josh Stone, Morgan Robertson; third row, from left, Logan Smith, Hayden Coble, Todd Swanner, Daniel Sanders, William Wallace, Lane Bledsoe, Heston Hughes, Taylor Calder; fourth row, from left, Kimberly Esquivel, Brenna Bell, Lily Hall, Sydney Davidson, Grace Smith, Mackenzie Davidson, Rose Lange, Raven Rodgers; fifth row, from left, Brandon Pacheco, Kyle Scott, Andrew Sims, Juan Ortec, Dalton Hall, Brady Rublee, Ernesto Rodriguez, Cole Hogan, Lance Moss; sixth row, from left, Kaylyn Bentley, Victoria Mitchell, Elizabeth Mooneyham, Margaret McCall, Ashlyn McCall, McKenzie Haggermaker, Gabriela Perez, Madison Hughes; seventh row, from left, Blaine Ford, Austin Winton, Waynemond Perry, Alec Willis, Michael Hawks, Jason Hogan, Nathan Wight, Hayden Stanford, Mason Rich; eighth row, from left, Alexis McConnell, Madison Sutton, Elysa King, Carli Ray, Kayla Dawson, Alexus Boyd, Gracie Thompson, Emily Stanford; ninth row, from left, Luke Mullins, Jeffrey West, Cade Frame, Landon Baker, Cole Camp, Dustin Townsend, Garrett Walker, Adam Whyel, Tristan Coulter; tenth row, from left, Allie Clark, Makenzie Crowe, Gracie Beddingfield, Bree Peoples, Amber Walker, Olivia Cox, Allison Dunnavant, Hunter Lewter; eleventh row, from left, Matthew Eckstein, Cole Hamilton, Jake Hughes, AJ Jones, Matthew Gilbert, Alex Fugatt, Blake Wallace, Jacson Marks, Austin Funkhouser; twelfth row, from left, Madisyn Turner, Hayley Patterson, Kenley McCown, Addison Hurst, Abby Holland, Lacey Blakely, Jennifer Gomez, Cierra Reed, Christina Russell; back row, from left, Garrett Duskin, Nicolas Krotulski, Dwayne Hemphill, Evan VanEtta, Spencer Jerome, Garrett Holland, Mason Graham, Andrew Hudson and Nick Embrey.

Martin Methodist Holds 2018 Nurse Pinning Ceremony

Martin Methodist College (MMC) held its annual pinning ceremony for the college's Class of 2018 nursing graduates Thursday, May 10, 2018.

The pinning ceremony derives from the story of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale was awarded the medal of the Red Cross of St. George in 1860 in recognition for her tireless service to the injured during the Crimean War, and in turn, she presented a medal of excellence to her brightest graduates. By 1916, the practice of pinning new graduates had become a standard tradition throughout the United States. The pins, all specific to the nursing school from which each student has graduated, serve as a welcome to nursing graduates into the nursing profession.

Per tradition, MMC's Division of Nursing Chair Dr. Michelle Decker pinned this year's 12 nursing graduates.

MMC nursing graduates recognized for their academic and clinical success include Madison Edwards who received the 'Faces of Nursing Award for Academic Excellence' for having the highest GPA of the graduating nursing class, and Emma Harbison who received the 'Faces of Nursing Award for Clinical Excellence,' which is selected by MMC's nursing faculty.

Receiving their "Pin" Thursday, May 10, 2018 are Martin Methodist College (MMC) nursing graduates who were pinned by MMC's Division of Nursing Chair Dr. Michelle Decker are Front, from left, Natalie Wiles Alvarez, Faith Riggs, Madison Edwards, Morgan Garrison, Erin Steele and Allie Littrell; back, from left, Shelby Martin, Hannah Houston, McKenzie Gower, Cayley Smith, Emma Harbison and Mikayla Dickson. (MMC Photo)

Future plans for these 12 nurses vary, with many already receiving job opportunities in the local and surrounding communities.

"These students are the best of the best," said Decker. "They have risen to the rigorous challenge of nursing school and have succeeded! Our nursing faculty feels very privileged to have assisted these students in answering their call to nursing. Future patients who will experience the knowledge and compassion of these nurses in the years to come are truly blessed."

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