OCVTS Holds Graduation for Practical Nursing Students
Jean Sullivian, July 7, 2011
|Caption: Receiving recognition at graduation ceremonies are (left to right): Kimberly Velez, Toms River (Highest GPA); Gina Vasel, Island Heights, (2nd highest GPA); and Katie Wilgus, Manahawkin, (3rd highest GPA).
OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) recently held graduation ceremonies for the Practical Nursing program. 75 student nurses received diplomas for successfully completing the 11-month intensive Practical Nursing program. Families and friends gathered to applaud the graduates who persevered through the extremely challenging curriculum and demanding schedules and completed the program. Several 2011 graduates received scholarships and recognition for outstanding achievements.
The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education presented Awards of Academic Excellence/Outstanding Student Awards to Kimberly Velez, Toms River for maintaining the highest grade point average; Gina Vasel, Island Heights, for maintaining the second highest average and Katie Wilgus, Manahawkin for maintaining the third highest grade point average throughout the program.
The Vocational Education Commitment Award and Scholarship (known as the VECA Award) recognizes outstanding service, leadership and dedication to vocational education and is in memory of Bruce B. Beatty, a former engineer and President of the Society of Professional Engineers, was presented to Nicole Marcello, Bayville.
Marlene Cestaro, of Barnegat, received the Maria Lapid Professional Nursing Leadership Award, presented by Christina Lapid of Green Acres Manor.
Several graduates excelled in both academics and the required clinical work experience at local medical facilities. Through the generosity of the nursing program’s clinical affiliates, Clinical Excellence Awards were presented to: Kerilyn Bennighoff, Lanoka Harbor; Eric Cappas, Bayville; Dannielle DiSanto, Brick; Casey Hojnacki, Jackson; Kevin Kilheeney, Beachwood; Carolyn Matthews, Brick; Christine Richmond, Tuckerton; Eunjin Seok, Jackson; Samantha Shawger, Jackson; and Katie Wilgus, Manahawkin. (continued) Quoting from an article written in recognition of National Nurses’ Week, OCVTS Principal Jo Ann Price said, “The essence of nursing is to provide care through individuality, creativity and a collaborative spirit. The true ‘heart and soul’ of the nurse radiates during his or her interactions with others. The various roles of the nurse include caregiver, educator, communicator, advocate and leader. It is during these roles that we profoundly affect patient care.” She then concluded by challenging the new graduates to learn something new every day.