Congratulations to Practical Nursing students Herlinda Sanchez, Harold Moran-Zamora, and Cruz Diaz for being named 2020-21 Jerry D. Morris Scholarship recipients! The scholarship is presented in memory of former RRTC superintendent Jerry Morris and is worth $500.
Congratulations to Chris Whiteman, Chloe Blevins, Brandon Vardell, and Hopelynn Cummings for being awarded the Rodney J. Love Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is worth $250 per student. Whiteman is a CNC/Precision Machining student; Blevins a Business (BITE) student; Vardell an Automotive Service student; and Cummings a Health Careers student.
Congratulations to the following Practical Nursing students who recently received the John Lillard Scholarship worth $300: (l-r) Abbie Lumbert, Laura Scifres, Anna Applin, and Rebecca Welton.
Congratulations to the following students who placed at the State SkillsUSA contest!
Post-Secondary (Adult) Welding Fabrication (team) – 2nd Place
Austin Fowler, Billy Mayes and Tyler Wilkinson
Secondary (high school) Cosmetology
Taylor Myers – 1st Place
Macy Prewett – 2nd Place
Secondary Nail Care
Destyne Robbins – 2nd Place
Madison Jarrett – 3rd Place
Kyle Davis – 3rd Place
Post-Secondary Automotive Service Technology
Dylan Lee – 1st Place
Robert Gorrell – 2nd Place
Congratulations to National BPA (Business Professionals of America) Leadership contest winners Chloe Blevins and Liberty Hesbrook! Blevins won second in Advanced Office Systems and Procedures, and Hesbrook won ninth in Advanced Word Processing and earned her Microsoft Office Specialist Certification for Microsoft Word!
Outstanding Students for the 2020-21 school year were recently named by their instructors. Students receiving recognition were:
Business and Information Technology Education (BITE)
The Biomedical Science Academy
CNC and Precision Machining
Alejandro Alvarez –a.m.-Bray
Brittney Helterbran –a.m.-Waurika
Corby Alley – p.m.–Duncan
Nick Taylor –p.m.-Home School
Emergency Medical Services
Residential Heating and Air Conditioning
Jonathan Bates – a.m.-Walters
Chase Kraus – p.m.-Empire
Health Careers I – Instructor Fish
Health Careers I – Instructor Jacobi
Health Careers II – Instructor Long
Practical Nursing (all Adults)
The Pre Engineering Academy
Welding and Metal Fabrication
Marshall Matthesen-p.m.-Home School
Title IX training resources from the Sept. 10, 2020, OSSBA professional development titled “Title IX: Understanding New Federal Rules and Regulations”. Attending the training were: Dennis Loafman, Superintendent; Brook Holding, Assistant Superintendent; Lisa Williams, A&CD and BIS Coordinator; and Sylvia Loveday, Program Director.
Brook Holding, Assistant Superintendent
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The RRTC Health Careers HOSA-Future Health Professional morning and afternoon chapters recently elected officers for the 2020-2021 school year. The students elected as officers are:
AM Health Careers HOSA-Future Health Professionals Chapter: Haleigh Johnson, Temple HS, President; Tori Spruill, Duncan HS, President; Kaydi Allen, Duncan HS, Vice-President; Lauran Absher, Duncan HS, Secretary; Ashley Souter, Marlow HS, Treasurer; Estrella Sanchez, Marlow HS, Reporter; and Brooklyn Sullivan, Velma-Alma HS, Parliamentarian.
PM Health Careers HOSA-Future Health Professionals Chapter: Jade Gallaher, Duncan HS, President; Marissa Chandler, Comanche HS, Vice-President; Hope Cummings, Waurika HS, Secretary; Rolando Perez, Velma-Alma HS, Reporter; Emma Rouse, Empire HS, Parliamentarian; and Cheyanne Young, Duncan HS, Historian.
Red River Technology Center Graduates 45th Practical Nursing Class
Sixteen Practical Nursing students from Red River Technology Center recently received their pins and diplomas during an unusual graduation ceremony held June 18, 2020, in the RRTC Business and Industry Center parking lot. That’s right…the parking lot.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this class completed their practical nursing training via distance learning, and in following with recommended CDC guidelines, the RRTC administration had to come up with a unique way of celebrating their accomplishments.
Superintendent Dennis Loafman delivered the welcome speech to students and their families as they sat in parked cars, evenly spaced around the lot to manage social distancing.
“This is definitely not how you thought your year would go or how we planned on celebrating your accomplishments,” Loafman said. “However, this is the perfect example that we never know what life will bring us and we couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and dedication you showed in handling this situation and completing this program.”
Before the pinning ceremony began, Practical Nursing Director Amanda Churchman MSN, RN, spoke about some of the challenges students faced.
“We all did something that has never been done before and your instructors could not be more proud of you,” she said. “And we don’t want to even get started on the Zoom call problems! But you guys stuck with us, we all got through it together, and this class will always be bonded in a special way because of it.”
After praising the students, Churchman announced some honors and awards the nursing students received during the school year. Those receiving awards on the night of graduation were:
Michelle Johnson, Karrie Patton, Kammi Snodgrass, and Smantha Solomon were all named Outstanding Practical Nursing students for the 2019-2020 school year. This award would have normally been presented during the annual RRTC student awards assembly.
Brittany McBride was named Outstanding Fellow Student by a vote of her peers.
Sarah Whiteman received the Award for Outstanding Theory Knowledge and Kimberly Breeze received the Award for Outstanding Clinical Practice. Duncan Regional Hospital – Tower Three received an award for Best Clinical Facility, and Aley Morales, RN, and nurse on Tower Three at DRH, received the Nursing Mentor Award.
Kimberly Breeze, Kasey Beavers, Brittany McBride, and Sarah Whiteman represented the top 10 percent of the 2019-2020 Practical Nursing class and were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society during a ceremony held in early March.
Several students also placed at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference, which was held online this yeara due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students placing were: Jessica Sikes, first place, Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking; Mallory Bearce, Kadie Ellis, Aubrey Ottwell, and Karrie Patton, second place, Creative Problem Solving; Brittany McBride, second place, Health Care Photography; and Kirsten Litke, third place, Biomedical Laboratory Science.
Churchman introduced the graduates, who came one at a time from their cars, while Practical Nursing instructors Krissy Bohn MSN, RN, and Liz Baxter MSN, RN, presented diplomas and nursing pins to the graduates, while each graduate was pinned by a member of their family.
The 2019-2020 graduates are: Jessica Sikes, Kasey Beavers, Samantha Solomon, Kirsten Litke, Brittany McBride, Michelle Johnson, Kimberly Breeze, Bailey Wesberry, Mallory Bearce, Haley Clark, Maya Luna, Aubrey Ottwell, Kammi Snodgrass, Sarah Whiteman, Karrie Patton, and Silver Boston.