Clark State Community College held Student Recognition Night April 11 at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center in downtown Springfield.
Student Recognition Night is an annual event recognizing and celebrating outstanding students. This year 50 students were honored in various areas including Student Life (Phi Theta Kappa, Student Ambassadors, Student Senate, Creative Writer’s Club, Physical Therapist Assistant Club), Perseverance, Work Study, Campus Involvement and Academic Programs.
“Student Recognition Night is one of my favorite events,” said Nina Wiley, dean of student engagement and support services for Clark State. “We have the opportunity to celebrate the successes of our students’ accomplishments inside and outside of the classroom. It is an honor to acknowledge the efforts and achievements of our students.”
The keynote speaker was Katy Cardoza. She is a 2009 Clark State graduate with a Practical Nursing certificate. In Fall 2015, Cardoza returned to Clark State to begin the LPN to RN Transition program.
“During this time, Katy was an active student leader on campus, making her mark as a Student Ambassador, Student Senator and a member of Phi Theta Kappa,” said Wiley. “She received the outstanding student award for two consecutive years! In December 2017, Katy earned her associate degree in Registered Nursing and recently began working as a critical care nurse at Dayton Children’s Hospital.”
Faculty, staff and student organization advisors nominated outstanding students in their programs. Students who were recognized received a medallion that will be worn at commencement.
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