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ST. MARYS — St. Marys Tri Star Med Prep class held their 17th annual pinning ceremony for the graduating class of 2013, where the graduates were given their caduceus pins and took the health occupations pledge by candlelight at the Dennings Center.
The students, adviser Janet Nelson said, will wear this pins through the upcoming two weeks of observation.
Tessa Quinter, who offered thoughts from a senior’s perspective, said that at the beginning of the year, Nelson told students the year would go fast, and they hadn’t taken that seriously, but she felt now it was true.
In that one year span, students learned 150 skills and very tough anatomy lessons that showed them the complexity of the human body.
“I wish my classmates the best of luck,” Quinter said.
Nelson offered the wisdom of Albert Einstein throughout her talk, telling them that life is like a bicycle — easy to balance when you keep moving.
She talked about the great thinker’s many sacrifices, including those in his personal life. The students, Nelson said, had also sacrificed in their quest for knowledge.
Many had left their home schools, opportunities for sports, or to play in the band to come to Tri Star.
Nelson encouraged students not to seek success, but rather to continue becoming people of value. The senior class, she said, had donated to Agape and volunteered in the community.
Many had volunteered in the medical reserve guard, and one had given $100 out of her own pocket to help a person in the Peace Corps in Uganda. The Health Knowledge Bowl team had placed first in the state and would move on to national competition this year.
After pins and passports with a list of student’s skills were awarded, students participated in a candle lighting ceremony.
Nelson lit a candle to represent knowledge, and each senior student lit their candle off her, to represent the passing of knowledge. Then the junior students lit candles from the seniors.
Seniors were Danelle Abels, who will attend Shawnee State University for respiratory therapy, Brook Boise, who will attend the University of Northern Ohio (UNOH), for medical assisting, Tiffany Bruggeman, who will attend Rhodes State College for occupational therapy, Erica Harden, who will attend Rhodes State College to be a dietetic technician, Elizabeth Hogg, who will attend UNOH for medical assisting, Alyssa Homan, who will attend Sinclair to be a physical therapy assistant, Mallory Howe, who will attend Rhodes State College for medical imaging, Megan Muhlenkamp, who will attend Ball State to be a registered nurse, Kaitlan Oldiges, who will attend UNOH for medical assisting, Tessa Quinter, who will attend Xavier University to be a registered nurse, Elle Schoenherr, who will attend the University of St. Francis to be a registered nurse, Brook Smith, who will attend Otterbein University to be a registered nurse, Megan Sudduth, who will attend UNOH for medical assisting, Brittany Umstead, who will attend Rhodes State College to be a dental hygienist, Jesse Wendel, who will attend Rhodes State College to be a physical therapy assistant, and Kaitlin Wendel, who will attend Rhodes State College to be a registered nurse.
With candles lit, the students recited the health occupations pledge, and prepared to enter the field of health care.
“I do solemnly pledge ... to practice in my chosen health career to the best of my ability ... I will devote myself to the wellbeing of others, the promotion of health and the preservation of life,” the students recited.