“They all put their best foot forward and gave 110 percent.”
That’s how Meridian Community College Surgical Technology Program Coordinator and Instructor Mecklin Soules described the Class of 2019 as the class prepared for a pinning ceremony Thursday.
Members of the Class of 2019 are Twana Bland, Shandi Bonner, Sendreca Howard, Jasmine Jones, Termicka Pack, Hannah Scarbrough.
The year-long program of study means arduous work. “It was challenging and it takes a lot of dedication,” said Jones. Bonner, on behalf of the class, recognized audience members comprised of family and friends. “Thanks to those who supported us last year. We had a lot to learn,” she added.
Meridian Community College President Dr. Thomas Huebner told the graduates, “congratulations and thank you for your persistence. I know it wasn’t always easy,” he said. But he noted the efforts are worthwhile. “It makes a difference,” he added.
Also, during the ceremony, Soules saluted Jones as the Outstanding Surgical Technology Program student of the Year and Anderson Regional Medical Center was recognized as the Clinical Facility Award for 2019. Lisa Butler, director of surgical services, received the award on behalf of the health care facility.
Photo: Shandi Bonner receives her MCC Surgical Technology Program pin from Mecklin Soules, program coordinator and instructor, as MCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner looks on. Bonner, class president, was one of six students spotlighted in the ceremony held in the College’s Foundation Chapel.