RTC 2020 Lamplighting Ceremony

RTC LPN Program Celebrates 54th Annual Lamp Lighting Ceremony
Posted on 12/09/2020
RTC LPN Program Celebrates 54th  Annual Lamp Lighting CeremonyRTC LPN Program Celebrates 54th  Annual Lamp Lighting Ceremony

Rolla Technical Center’s (RTC) Practical Nursing program held its 54th annual Lamp Lighting Ceremony on December 4th in the RTC Board Room. The Lamp Lighting Ceremony, established in honor of Florence Nightingale, is a ceremony to recognize the students’ commitment to the profession of nursing at the midpoint in their education, the point at which students start transitioning from learning theory to applying theory in the clinical setting. The focal point of the ceremony is the presentation and lighting of the lamps, which represent Florence Nightingale. The flame of the lamp, which is a symbol of knowledge, is lit by faculty to represent the passing of knowledge from faculty to students.  
The ceremony started with the presentation of scholarships (listed below) and concluded with the lighting of the lamps by each of the 20 students in the 2021 class.  This year’s guest speaker was Keira Arlt, LPN, a 2019 graduate of RTC’s LPN program.  Ms. Arlt gave the students an inspirational talk with tips on how to finish the program successfully and achieve their dreams of becoming a nurse.  
Students received several scholarships during the ceremony from four local scholarship donors. Representatives from the Rolla Optimist Club, the Mo-Sci Charitable Foundation, the Rolla Lioness Club, and the PCRMC Auxiliary and Volunteer Services were on hand to present their scholarships to students.

Group Photo:
Front row, left: Amy Bennett, Alexandria Barker, Haylie Turner, Jessica Shivitz
Second row, left: Candice Bolerjack, Leah Ternet, Megan Flowers, Rebecca STokes, Brittany Hudson, Elizabeth Chandler
Third row, left: Adrian Walker, Melissa Griffith, Alexus Woolman, Random Bailey
Back Row, left: Lynnae Gill, Shawn Coverdell, David Bauer, Jersey Moreland
Not pictured: Morgan Swyers

David Bauer and Optimist President, Clarissa Wisner
Alexus Woolman, Melissa Griffith (Practical Nursing), Brittany Hudson, Libby Niles (Lioness Club), Candice Bolerjack, Rebecca Stokes (Practical Nursing)
Melissa Griffith (Practical Nursing), Leona Rosenow (Phelps Health Auxiliary)
Melissa Griffith (Practical Nursing), Jersey Moreland (Practical Nursing), Stephanie Broyles (RTI/C on behalf of Mo-Sci), Adrian Walker (Practical Nursing), David Bauer (Practical Nursing)