Enterprise Career and Technology Center honored a number of graduating health science students Monday morning with a pinning ceremony commemorating their accomplishments.
Though Enterprise High School has conducted pinning ceremonies before, Monday’s event was special for students and health science educators as it is the first to be held at the Enterprise Career and Technology Center since the school opened in 2018.
Health science instructors Cindy Quisenberry and Kelly Harrison welcomed students, parents and friends to the ceremony and took time to speak about the hard work that each student put in to the health science program over the course of their high school careers.
“Every single one of these students had to take a national exam on either computer or paper,” said Quisenberry. “These students have worked really hard this semester preparing for their certification exams, and we’re so proud to say that every one of these students has passed every single national exam.”
Three types of training certificates were awarded to students during the ceremony: Certified Patient Care Technician (PCT), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and Basic Life Support Instructor (BLS). Quisenberry elaborated on the requirements each student had to meet to achieve those certificates.
“EKG students had to obtain 10 light EKGs -- somebody had to come in and the student had to connect them up and they had to take an EKG, and I want to thank all of the family members and the friends who came in to do that for the students,” Quisenberry said. “The patient care technicians, or PCT students, had to learn to read EKGs on their national exam. They had to learn phlebotomy skills for their national examination also. Basic life support instructor students had to complete an online class and attend a classroom course and prepare for and be monitored while teaching a BLS course, which is awesome. Several of these students have more than one certification.
“The CNA students also had required classroom and lab hours and had to do 24 hours of hands-on patient care in a long-term care setting. After doing that, they had to take a written exam just like everybody else here, then they had to take a national skills examination in a room; they walked into a room, didn’t know what skills they were going to get, and they had to perform four skills for the proctor and pass all of them. They have done a great job and congratulations to each of them.”
Harrison said the group of students honored on Monday holds a special place in her heart.
“This year is probably one of the most rewarding for me as a teacher,” said Harrison. “Four years ago, I left my profession to come in and inspire future health professionals, and there are quite a few of them sitting in front of me right now that started in my classroom as ninth graders. What they didn’t know that semester is I questioned myself really hard, and those ninth graders inspired me to keep going. To see them stay in this field and start pursuing a healthcare career is very rewarding.”
Quisenberry and Harrison presented certificates and pins to students following their opening remarks. Receiving Certified Nursing Assistant certificates were Keely Catrett, Tristen Ezell, Madison Gray, Jeremmiah Grimes, Kalycia Haynes, Carter Howard, Minsoo Ko, Celeste Segura, Landra Speigner, Joseph Sucgang and Mackenzie Wood.
Students receiving Certified Patient Care Technician certificates were Riley Thomas, Ronacia Burnette, Kiana-Marie Chio-Martinez, Dominick Copes, Jill Fassi, Cheyenne Grimes, Gabriel Hernandez, Amy Johnson, Quistis Mason, Kyla Mathner, Amberlee McAnear, Emma Patterson, Ethan Sablan, Kinleigh Thompson, Zoe Wallace, Raegan Windham and Amely Zamacona.
Students who received Basic Life Support Instructor certificates were Ronacia Burnette, Keely Catrett, Kianna-Marie Chio-Martinez, Tristen Ezell, Madison Gray, Jeremiah Grimes, Carter Howard, Amy Johnson, Minsoo Ko, Kyla Mathner, Ethan Sablan, Celeste Segura, Landra Speigner, Riley Thomas and Raegan Windham.
Quisenberry closed the pinning ceremony by reminding students to strive for greatness and remember how far they’ve come.
“Mrs. Harrison and I have the best job in the world, because we have the opportunity to care for these students, love them, push them, share our passion for healthcare and help mold future healthcare professionals,” Quisenberry said. “We love being a part of their lives, helping guide them toward their future dreams and their goals. The sky is the limit for these kids.”