Pearl River honors 2020 Practical Nursing graduates

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River Community College’s 2020 class of Practical Nursing graduates were honored in a unique way Monday with a drive through pinning ceremony on the Poplarville campus.  

“We are excited to have the opportunity to honor our student’s success today,” PRCC Vice President for Forrest County Center, Allied Health and Nursing Dr. Jana Causey said. “While it’s not exactly what we would like, we do feel like, considering the circumstances, we were able to give each student their moment.”

Practical Nursing instructors were able to cheer on their students from a distance as a family member of the graduate performed the pinning. A total of 42 students make up the Practical Nursing graduating class with 23 being pinned during the ceremony. 

“Today we were fortunate to have the opportunity to recognize each of these graduates for their many accomplishments,” PRCC District Wide Practical Nursing Department Chair Dr. Melissa Bryant said. “Practical nursing is a very challenging program, even without the difficulties related to a global pandemic. These graduates endured and succeeded. 

“As they get ready to embark on their careers as practical nurses, we can all feel reassured knowing that each will practice nursing in the Wildcat Way with pride, respect, class and character. Wildcats Never Quit.”

Graduates are as listed: 

PTK- Phi Theta Kappa 

NALPN- National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses

NTHS- National Technical Honor Society 

Bassfield: Zykira Betts; Tikerreya Daniels; Cora Johnson, Class Photographer

Beaumont: Faith Hinton, PTK member; DeAndra Wade, PTK member

Columbia: Keisha Payton, Angel Stingley 

Ellisville: Patricia McCullum, NTHS member

Foxworth: Santrice Youngblood

Franklinton: Kirsten Barber 

Greene County: Sheila Breyer, Class Chaplain

Hattiesburg: Maria Barber, Class Event Planner; Taylor Marie Frey; Anjelica Hamilton; Samantha Hogan; Latasha Holmes, PTK member; Tyreaunna Horn; Tamar Johnson; Latoya Jones; Tara Mitchell, PTK member; Airrielle Parker, NTHS member; Destiny Sanders, NTHS member; Aqura Wilson, Class Vice President and PTK member

Heidelberg: Jasmine McGill, PTK member 

Lucedale: Djenaba Burrage

Lumberton: Kelsey Bullen,  NALPN and PTK member; Haven Kiser, NALPN member

New Augusta: Brennon Carter; Destinee Williams, PTK, NALPN and NTHS member

Pearl River: Caitlin Sixkiller, PTK member

Perkinson: Megan Spiers, NALPN member 

Picayune: Melanie Cantarelle; Candi Huskey, NALPN member; Ariel Meyers, NALPN and PTK member; James Williams Jr, NALPN  and PTK member; 

Poplarville: Gabrielle Benefield; Bailey Jones, NALPN member

Purvis: Makayla Morgan, NALPN member; Bailey Simmons, NTHS member; Lezley Wycheleski, Class Treasurer 

Taylorsville: Jessica Ducksworth

Seminary: Jarmard Keys, PTK member 

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Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability. For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia M. Seal, Director of Admissions and Records/ ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator at P.O. Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060 or Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5805, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1132.

Each community college president is asked to bring two (2) wrapped door prizes, minimum value of $50 each. We will have a station set up at the conference for you to drop off the door prizes.

Each community college is asked to provide name tags for their Board members, administration, and staff attending the conference.