COTC Recognizes Autumn 2018 Nursing Technology Graduates

NEWARK, Ohio, Dec. 20, 2018 Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) held pinning ceremonies on Dec. 9 at the Coshocton campus and Dec. 13 at the Newark campus to honor the following 2018 autumn semester graduates of its nursing technology​ programs.*

 Autumn 2018 Barnhart Winner.jpgThe Elizabeth Barnhart Award for Nursing Excellence was presented to Shelley Love of Nashport. The Barnhart Award honors a graduating student who exemplifies the highest ideals of the nursing profession: intelligence, commitment, sacrifice, integrity and a compassionate connection to others. Recipients will receive a certificate and a $300 cash stipend to help defray the cost of equipment and career-related fees, including testing and licensure. The inaugural award was presented in May 2018.​

Barnhart, a young registered nurse who loved her profession and was passionate about helping others, was only just beginning a promising career as an emergency room nurse at Newark's Licking Memorial Hospital when she was killed on Feb. 2, 2017. A 2015 COTC graduate, Barnhart was an outstanding student and well-known to use the phrase "nurse so hard," which she used to describe the deep level of compassion and commitment needed by nurses to provide exceptional patient care.


Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Technology

Madihah Abdul Rauf

Sonia Ansong

Giana Atkinson

Lydia Blount

Jobina Brooks

Janie Caldwell

Shelby Campbell

Anne Carrick

Corey Christmas

Kelany Courtright

Kyle Danner

Olivia Downs

Lindsey Dudgeon

Shannon Duncan

Regina Fosu

Carol Green

Ashley Gutridge

Paula Halstead

Tiffany Hanna

Stephanie Hinch

Joshua Homan

Jennifer Huffman

Ervin Hughes IV

Taylor Jeter

Mathew Jones-Dyer

Courtney Kaiser

Megan Karnes

Sarah Kelly

Tatiana Kocevski

Margaret LaBraney

Alexandria Lankford

Toshia Leonard

David Lille

Alexa Logan

Jimmy Love Jr.

Shelley Love

Ashley Marshall

Tierney McCann

Shannan McElwee

Taylor McKnight

Rachel Mertz

Abigail Opoku

Anthony Penrose

Niya Randall

April Reardon

Roberta Reedy

Michelle Ritchie

Sierra Sanders

Megan Seiffert

Jeffrey Shaffer

Katlyn Shipley

Courtney Slussar

Kimberly Stevens

Sherri Vanmeter

Lindsay West

Preston Wright

Kristen Wyrick

Brandi Young


Practical Nursing One-Year Certificate

Tania Bagent

Mahwa Bangoura

Miranda Bates

Misti Bonacci

MacKenzie Carsey

Breanna Church

Ramatoulaye Dia

Dominique Gates

Mariah Grooms

Cory Hastings

Lyndsie Helsel

Jontania Jones

Annie Knotts

Erika Larocca

Meagan Laughlin

Harmony Litwin

Jaden McElfresh

Valerie McLaughlin

Cara Miller

Chido Ngoni

Madison Papp

Jenna Pauley

Nicole Rager

Raquel Reynoso

Abie Rosado

Stephanie Strickland

Montiana Wilson​

*Only graduates who have granted COTC permission to release their names to the public are listed.​

The pinning ceremony is a long-held tradition marking the passage of student to the ranks of professional nursing. The ceremony originated in the 1860s at London's Nightingale School of Nursing. Florence Nightingale, who had recently been awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, chose to extend this honor to outstanding nursing graduates by presenting each of them with a medal for excellence.​

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.