SJR State holds nursing pinning ceremony

by Penny Powell

Florence Nightingale Awards Michael Lucas and Latacha Torrance
Academic Excellence Nursing Awards Alison Williams and Shelendale Nixon

St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN), and Practical Nursing (PN) programs. The pinning ceremony, which is a continued tradition of Florence Nightingale’s extended honor to her most outstanding nurses, symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession and the care and devotion nurses provide.

Clay County ASN student Michael Lucas and Putnam County PN student Latacha Torrance were recognized with the Florence Nightingale Award for “demonstrating outstanding scholarship, compassion toward others, leadership in class and devotion to clients and their families” throughout their two-year program. ASN student Alison Williams from St. Johns County and PN student Shelendale Nixon from Putnam County received the Academic Excellence Award for “strength and dedication in achieving and maintaining academic excellence” during the program.

Students graduating from the nursing programs and counties listed below were pinned by family members. The pin serves as a reminder to the graduates of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed.

BSN students from Clay County: Katherine Espinales, Latarsha Moore, Marisa Moore, Ashley Rainey, Lori Rolling and Richard Wright.

BSN student from Putnam County: Brittany Pelham.

BSN students from St. Johns County: Deborah Bryant, Katie Davis, Ashley Holleman, Natasha Landry, Nilka Serrano and Lindsey Walker.

BSN students from Duval County: Van Apollo, Teri Armstrong, Adrian Branch, Aimee Charles, Yilian Diego, Sunny Martin and Christina Odom.

ASN students from Clay County: Stacy Cody, Allison Farris, Danielle Hogan, Morgan Holesko, Madelyn Kallam, Philip Lewis, Lucas, Kelly Lutz, Kylie McIntosh, Michelle Reed and Pamela Sawa.

ASN students from Putnam County: Jamie Andress, Ali Everson, Marlena Gelis, Gabrielle Perry and Caroline Turner.

ASN students from St. Johns County: Amanda Corboy, Emilee Crawford, Crystal Ellison, Courtney Hockenbury, Lauryl Johnson, Nicola Sloley, Jessica Taylor, Williams and Stephanie Wright.

ASN students from Duval County: Christina Louine, Patrice Richards and Eunice Rogers.

ASN students from other counties: Kayleigh Main (Pinellas), Colleen Taylor (Santa Rosa) and Ann Walsh (Flagler).

PN students from Clay County: Karri Hill, Sarah Martinello, Brittany McIntosh and Jenna Whitlatch.

PN students from Putnam County: Benjamin Blevins, Eleanor Brown, Jessica Chausse, Madeline Hembree, Saige Lewis, Jewel McLauchlin, Sylvia Moody, Nixon, Darian Parchre, Louisa Resendiz, Anthony Rivera, Shannon Rowland, Torrance, McKayla Vandergeest and Maegan Withem.

PN students from St. Johns County: Nicole Briggs and Kayleigh Gainey.

SJR State’s nursing classes are offered in Palatka and Orange Park, and the program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. SJR State offers additional health programs such as respiratory care, nursing assistant, health information management and radiologic technology. For more information, visit or contact (386) 312-4176.

Orange Park ASN Nursing group

Practical Nursiing group photo July 2019

In addition to the pinning ceremony, select students received awards for special achievements throughout the two-year program.

ASN student Michael Lucas from Clay County and PN student Latacha Torrance from Putnam County were recognized with the Florence Nightingale Award.

ASN student Alison Williams from St. Johns County and PN student Shelendale Nixon from Putnam County received the Academic Excellence Award.

Orange Park Nursing ASN class

Palatka Practical Nursing class



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020