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Gadsden State Cherokee announces registered nursing graduates, academic honors

Centre, Ala. – Gadsden State Community College recognized students earning their associate degree in registered nursing during a pinning ceremony on Dec. 14. Students were also recognized for their academic achievements. Due to COVID restrictions, a socially-distanced pinning ceremony was held for the students and instructors only. The ceremony was then posted on Gadsden State’s social media sites for family and friends to view.

“This is a major accomplishment in the lives of our students during an unprecedented time,” said Dr. Cynthia Mullinax, instructor. “As their instructor, I have watched them step up to challenges that have been placed before them. They have conquered so much, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Each semester, select registered nursing students are presented with the highly-coveted Florence Nightingale Award, which recognizes those who are the most committed to caring and compassionate nursing care. Winners were selected from each cohort at Gadsden State Cherokee — one from the daytime program and one from the evening program. Kara Smith of Cedartown, Ga., was the winner for the day program, and Anthony Kiser of Piedmont was the winner for the evening program.

Kara Smith

Anthony Kiser

The Excellence in Academic Achievement Award is given to the nursing student who has the highest grade point average. The fall 2020 recipient was April Leath of Collinsville. The Academic Achievement Award for above-average grades and performance was presented to Alyssa Farmer of Ashville.

April Leath

Alyssa Farmer

Students earning Associate in Applied Science in Registered Nursing degrees for fall 2020 at Gadsden State Cherokee are:

Anniston – Holly Hickerson

Aragon, Ga. – Brittany Bailey

Ashville – Alyssa Farmer

Cave Spring, Ga. – Haley Holder

Cedartown, Ga. – Kara Smith

Centre – Juliet Dold, Megan Martin, Jennifer Ramsey and Torie Vines

Collinsville – April Leath

Gadsden – Brittany Smith and Allison Stokes

Gaylesville – Whitney Miller

Glencoe – Joshua Cofield

Jacksonville – Ashley Alexander and Rachael Fair

Leesburg – Caleb Brown

Mentone – Jessica Easler

Piedmont – Hollie Angle, Karlee Combs and Anthony Kiser

Rome, Ga. – Emily Carney, Cabe Carney, Courtney Earwood, Kenley Hann, Molly Kerns Oakes, Stephanie  Knight, Kayla Merritt, Morgan Richerson, Alli Surrett, Talyn Tuck and Katherine Tushim

Sand Rock – Audrey Richardson

Southside – Miranda Gieger

Summerville, Ga. – Anna Herring, Ragen McGraw and Sydney Smith