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BOCES Practical Nursing Program Graduates 17

Seventeen students from the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES Practical Nursing Programs based at the Career and Technical Education Centers at Belmont and Olean received graduation pins and diplomas during a special ceremony held on Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Allegany-Limestone Central School.  Catherine Tomerlin, RN, BSN, Lead Instructor of Practical Nursing, served as mistress of ceremonies and introduced students who received their graduation pins and diplomas from Joan Weinman, RN, Belmont Instructor, and Kim Howard, RN, BSN, Olean Instructor.

The event commemorated their completion of the two-year program. All of the BOCES nursing program graduates are now eligible to sit for the New York and Pennsylvania State Practical Nursing Licensing Examinations.

Graduates from CA BOCES Practical Nursing programs at the CTE Centers in Belmont and Olean participated in special ceremony at Allegany-Limestone Central School.  Graduates shown left to right: Mary H. Polz, Sabinsville, PA; Erica L. Colunio, Cuba, NY; Rachel Lundy, Richburg, NY; Michael L. Hendryx, Olean, NY; Mariah M. Wetzler, Cuba, NY; Kali M. Whitcomb, Salamanca, NY; Brittany A. Sanderson, Duke Center, PA; Winter D. Sanford, Salamanca, NY; Sara E. Costello, Bradford, PA; Ashley L. Carter, Portville, NY; Brooke E. St. Clair, Portville, NY; Jennifer M. Bradfield, Cattaraugus, NY; Penny C. Polz, Coudersport, PA; Payton L. Mowery, Portville, NY; Elaini M. Davis, Scio, NY; Meghan R. Boom, Bolivar, NY.  Missing from the photo was Amanda E. Potter, Genesee, PA.

  • Graduates receiving special awards included:
  • Academic Excellence – Mary H. Polz
  • Excellence in Clinical Practice – Elaini M. Davis and Penny C. Polz
  • Perfect Attendance Year 1 and 2 – Mary H. Polz
  • Perfect Attendance Year 1 and Exceptional Attendance Year 2 – Payton L. Mowery                  
  • Perfect Attendance Year 1 – Jennifer M. Bradfield, Penny C. Polz and Mariah M. Wetzler
  • Highest Score on the NCLEX-PN Readiness Assessment Test – Mary H. Polz
  • Highest Individual Score at the Pharmacology Challenge – Jennifer M. Bradfield