River Parishes Community College will host a nursing pinning ceremony to celebrate the most recent graduates of its practical nursing program.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Gonzales, located at 1217 S. Burnside Ave.

Among the graduates is 2014 Denham Springs High School graduate Drew Barber, the daughter of Kelly Ryals and Jeremy Massey. Barber also served as one of the program's three Nursing Ambassadors, which is a leadership position given to students who show leadership qualities.

After receiving applications, the nursing instructors picked the best students to help facilitate the classroom by organizing students, helping to organize events and meetings, and cleaning and organizing the clinical lab.

The ambassadors served as a go-between for the instructors and students and helped keep everyone organized and on track.

The other practical nursing graduates are as follows:

Baton Rouge: Cynthia Allen, Olivia Bell-Hanegan, Nyasha Fleming, Shaquaria Holliday, Bailey Jones, Haley Kalil, Dillon Wiggins

Belle Rose: Gregory Carter Jr., Shaquitha Patterson

Gonzales: Mandy Gallo, Kimberly Sanchez, Miriam Trabeau, Kennedie Vige

Gramercy: Lanaisha Celestine

Labadieville: Stacy Washington

LaPlace: Shanda Davis

Lutcher: Ashley Woodland

Napoleonville: Dymphna Allen, Shantell Micken, Ranika Walter

Paincourtville: Jori Holloway, Alyssa Stewart

Plaquemine: Nicole Bacile, Leigh Blanchard, Lindsay Gauthreaux, Dawn Norman, Cassidie Shaw

Prairieville: Brandilyn Amorello, Alexandra Lavigne, Peyton Niquiporo

Reserve: Coy Gray-McGee

Slidell: Heather Jones

St. James: Deshaunnisha Broden, Breyon Jones, Lanair Lewis

Their instructors were Nicole Johnson, Jessica Millet, Keisha Moore and Gretchen Schmidt.

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