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Highland Community College Awards Nursing Degrees

published August 13, 2019Highland Community College Awards Nursing Degrees

Highland Community College held commencement exercises for the nursing program on August 9, 2019, in Culbertson Auditorium on the Highland campus. At the commencement and pinning ceremony Deborah Fox, President of Highland Community College awarded 21 degrees to students from the Highland Community College Technical Center in Atchison.


Two students were honored with special accolades at the ceremony: Jamie Ping received the Excellence in Leadership Award and Samantha Holm received the Nightingale Award.


Carina Agnew, Student Representative and speaker from the class told her fellow students, “Go into the world; do well, and do good.” She also replayed the nursing school experience for classmates, friends and family relating that they were the reason for the work and success.


Students read the Nightingale Pledge by candlelight, led by Highland Community College Director of Nursing, Dr. Jane Zaccardi, after receiving their nursing pin. The pinning ceremony is an honored tradition, signifying the student’s induction into the profession of nursing.


Deborah Fox, President of Highland Community College, presented diplomas to the following students:

Carina Ariel Agnew* - Atchison, Kansas

Juana Antonia Aguirre – Hiawatha, Kansas

Kristin Michelle Dickson - Atchison, Kansas

Danielle Marie Galley – Valley Falls, Kansas

Lacey Yvonne Gorman – Fairview, Kansas

Michelle Renee' Gwinn – St. Joseph, Missouri

Samantha Nichole Holm – Bolckow, Missouri

Brittany Nycolle Jones-Dunlap, Kansas City, Missouri

Sarah Jane Layfield - Atchison, Kansas

Brett Daniel Lamar – Onega, Kansas

Sarah Lucinda Ling – Easton, Kansas

Mckenzie Mougey Mason - Atchison, Kansas

Brandi Jo Messman – Bonner Springs, Kansas

Paige Nicole Munk – Kansas City, Missouri

Destiny Lynn O'Donnell* - Troy, Kansas

Kayla Nichole Page – Nortonville, Kansas

Jamie Kayleen Ping – St. Joseph, Missouri

Margaret Grace Porter - Atchison, Kansas

Blake Megan Spiker – Circleville, Kansas

Natasha Lynn Wymer – Hiawatha, Kansas

Daniel Manuel Zuniga - Atchison, Kansas


* Indicates student was on the President’s List with a 4.0 GPA.


Samantha Holm, recipient of the Nightingale Award
Samantha Holm of Bolckow, Missouri 
was the recipient of the
Nightingale Award.
Jamie Ping, recipient of the Excellence in Leadership Award.
Jamie Ping of St. Joseph, Missouri
was the recipient of the
Excellence in Leadership Award.


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