A ceremony honoring the 44th graduating class of the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology was held on July 11 in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center on the North Oaks Medical Center campus in Hammond.
Twelve students completed the two-year program, including: Jaime’ C. Badeau, Ponchatoula; Jessica Frances Blanchard, Holden; Laura Elizabeth Bordelon, Mandeville; Bryan Russell Breland, Franklinton; Taylor Rene Coats, Springfield; Sarah Chandler Garcia, Denham Springs; Jordyn Nicole Horton, Prairieville; Kaitlyn Elizabeth Humphrey, Holden; Amber Marie Johnson, LaPlace; Robbie Lara, Hammond; Tamara Alisha Martin, Slidell: and Samantha Meagan Meyers, Chalmette.
Outstanding achievement awards were given to three of the graduates during the ceremony. The Academic Achievement Award was presented to Coats for obtaining the highest overall scholastic average, and the Performance and Attitude Award went to Breland for exceptional performance in the clinical setting. Natalbany Baptist Church Pastor the Rev. Dr. Rodney Taylor presented the Dannye Young Taylor Always Remembering Others Award in honor of his wife to Martin in recognition of her outstanding patient care skills.
Badeau, Blanchard, Bordelon, Breland, Coats, Horton, Humphrey, Lara and Martin also were recognized as members of Lambda Nu, an honor society for the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. To become a member of the society, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average out of a possible 4.0.
Interventional Radiologist Dr. Robert Reinhart delivered the commencement address. North Oaks Education Director Nicole Barnum presided over the graduation, and Marsha Talbert, program director of North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology, presented diplomas to the graduates.
Established in 1967, the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The school offers a comprehensive 24-month program that provides classroom and clinical instruction to prepare students for careers in the field of diagnostic imaging, which is used to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists National Certification examination and apply for Louisiana state licensure. To request an application, call (985) 230-7805 or write: Program Director, North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology, P.O. Box 2668, Hammond, Louisiana, 70404. Applications also are available at “Join Our Team” at http://www.northoaks.org.