College of The Albemarle holds 49th annual nursing pinning ceremony

Top row (L-R): Taylor Stuart, Jennifer Dailey Large, Brittnay Phthisic, Kevin Norman, Meredith Zuber, Angeline Trenholm, Blair Crider, Samantha Lilliston Middle row (l-r): Volha Tsvirbut, Cheyenne Brothers, Jordan Jones, Jessica Elliott, Bonnie Robertson, Samantha Rudolph, Traci Hilger, Cassandra Brown Bottom row (l-r): Erin Cooley, Ila Stambaugh, Victoria Norrell, Summer Burnette, Crystal Spear, Ava Johnson, Chelsea Worley *Not pictured: Nataliia Chubata [Submitted]

Graduates of the 2022 Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) Program received their pins at College of The Albemarle’s (COA) forty-ninth annual pinning ceremony on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Held in COA’s Performing Arts Center, the ceremony included the presentation of pins, the lighting of Nightingale Lamps and students reciting the International Council of Nurses’ Pledge.

Student recognition and honors included:

Brittnay Phthisic, Academic Excellence Award Recipient: This award is presented to the student with the highest grade point average (GPA) during the A.D.N. Program.  

Summer Burnette, Blair Crider, Samantha Rudolph, and Volha Tsvirbut, Academic Recognition Award Recipients: This award is presented to students who maintained a 3.5 GPA during their studies at COA.  

Blair Crider and Samantha Rudolph, Dr. L. Everett Sawyer Award Recipients: This award is presented to students who displayed outstanding abilities in all facets of nursing.  It was established in 1984 in memory of Dr. Sawyer, a loyal and generous friend to COA’s A.D.N. Program.  Recipients are selected by the A.D.N. faculty each year. 

Traci Hilger, Crystal Spear, and Volha Tsvirbut, Dr. Zack D. Owens and Martha Anderson Owens Nursing Endowment Scholarship Recipients: Scholarships are presented to selected full-time nursing students who maintain a 2.5 GPA.  Dr. Zack D. Owens, surgeon in Elizabeth City, and his wife, Martha Anderson Owens, registered nurse, formed a highly skilled medical team at Albemarle Hospital.  In 1983, Dr. Owens established the endowment to provide scholarship opportunities for nursing students. 

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