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AMSN students honored at 2019 awards ceremony

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing honored its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing students during the school’s AMSN Awards Ceremony Friday, August 9. Hundreds of families, friends and alumni were present to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of more than 120 students. Graduates include those from China, Kenya and Nigeria, along with Air Force veterans, former Peace Corps volunteers and EMTs.

The AMSN Awards Ceremony was held at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The event featured two class speakers and an awards presentation honoring students who demonstrated excellence in leadership, service, collaboration, innovation, and personal character. The student award winners are as follows:

Award of Excellence – Tegest Hailu

Excellence in Collaboration – Bonny Jean Worland

Excellence in Social Responsibility – Violet Emma Lucia Trisolini

Excellence in Innovation – Mikala McCarthy Bordain

Excellence in Leadership – William Jospeh Wikoff

In collaboration with the Emory Nurses’ Alumni Association, the School of Nursing also paid tribute to outstanding students with the distribution of the Silver Bowl Award, the highest student honor. Katherine Penton received this year's Silver Bowl Award.

Student-nominated awards were also given to faculty members on behalf of the Emory Student Nurses Association. These awards, known as the “Heart of the Students” awards, are given each year to faculty members who go above and beyond in their teaching and mentoring. This year's Heart of the Students” award was presented to Dr. Terri Ades.

Student speaker, Tegest Hailu, noted her gratitude for the opportunity to work alongside such talented nurses at the AMSN Awards Ceremony.

“This group here represents the selflessness and hard work that the nursing profession is built around,” said Hailu. “These people will be the compassionate nurses that you can trust to care for the sick and promote health and wellness.”

Student speaker, Billy Wikoff, expressed his appreciation for not only his peers, but also faculty, staff, family and friends.

“Our path to nursing is illuminated by your example and we appreciate you all immensely,” said Wikoff.

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