Two CCTC nursing students receive awards
Published 12:00 am Monday, May 15, 2023
Presented by Nurse Honor Guard of the River Cities
GETAWAY — Two nursing students from Collins Career Technical Center were surprised on Monday, when they learned they were chosen to receive $500 awards toward their education.
Dorothy Spillman, of the Nurse Honor Guard of the River Cities, said members of their group visited the school’s main campus, where they thanked students for choosing a career in nursing.
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“You are giving of yourself to enhance the lives of others,” she told them.
Spillman said, for the award recipients, students applied and wrote an essay. These submissions were then kept anonymous to ensure no favoritism.
Spillman said Dennie Letcher, with the group, then reviewed the submissions, which were brought to their board and discussed.
Of those, Lillian Baldridge and Nickles Mitchell were chosen for the awards.
Spillman said the group opted for the award, rather than a scholarship, as it can be used for any expenses toward education.
“They were so appreciative,” she said of the students.
In addition to Spillman and Letcher, Nurse Honor Guard members Sandra Hieneman, Ann Riffe and Barb Porter took part in the presentation.
The Nurse Honor Guard of the River Cities was founded in 2019. The group taken part in services at 165 funerals for those in the profession and has been a regular presence in the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day parade, to which they will return later this month.