In a ceremony marked with laughter and nostalgia for special moments from the past eventful four years, 19 students in the Health Assisting program at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton were awarded their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) pins - as well as their certifications as Home Health Aides and as trained practitioners of CPR - at the school on May 30, 2018 in front of an appreciative audience of family members and Blue Hills staff.
Peggy Stewart, R.N., who teaches in the program, addressed the students, telling them, “You survived it together. You are ready to move forward.”
She went on to thank the families of the students, some of whom were in the audience, for their encouragement and support every step of the way, saying, “You’ve raised some really special people.”
Student Kasey Zaleski performed a reading.
The concept of familial closeness among these students and their teachers was echoed in the speech given by student Jenna Brown: “”There are no words to describe how grateful I am to have gained another family.”
Another student, Noah Simms, praised everyone’s parents and the outstanding teachers in the Health Assisting program, thanking them “for your dedication and faith in us all. They are all world-class teachers,” he said, lauding Mr. David Tapper for being “the heart and soul” of the program.
The students who were honored were Gyanna Atkins (Norwood), Jenna Brown (Holbrook), Cameron Clasby (Canton), Meaghan Crowley (Braintree), Erica DeBartolo (Dedham), Valerie Dionne (Randolph), Olivia Grant (Randolph), Kyla Hansen (Avon), Fransheska Jabouin (Randolph), Keisha JeanMarie (Randolph), Skyla Kalfin (Avon), Margaret Mallett (Quincy), Leigh Melder (Braintree), Amber Nee (Braintree), Hannah Shea (Holbrook), Noah Simms (Milton), Madison Trowbridge (Holbrook), Kasey Zaleski (Avon), and Vecenya Zayas (Milton).
The Health Assisting instructors are Lead Teacher David Tapper, RN, Mrs. Peggy Stewart, RN, Mrs. Brenda Neret, RN, and Mrs. Paula Walsh, RN.