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Hooding and Awards Ceremony for the Class of 2014

The day could not have been more perfect for the Physician Assistant Class of 2014 Hooding and Awards Ceremony. The weather on May 18th was sunny and warm, and the level of student excitement was through the roof. The event was held in the atrium of Biotech Place in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem.


The graduating class was led in procession by first-year student marshals Melanie Aydt, Bharath Balu, Eric Bifolck, Nicole Coalson, Victoria Creech, Laura Fierke, Jeanna Garland, Caileigh Grove, Caroline Shaffner, and Kelly Wohler. The Reverend Richard Lowder, PA-C, delivered the invocation, followed by a welcome from PA Studies Department Chair Reamer Bushardt, PharmD, PA-C, and an institutional welcome by Terry Williams, MBA, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Network Development, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The guest speaker, J. Bradley Wilson, MA, JD, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, was introduced by Frederick K. Whitt, PhD, Professor and Founding Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. PA Studies has partnered with App State to expand its program to a distance campus in Boone, NC, starting with the incoming class of 2016.

Following the investiture of the candidates, PA Studies Vice Chair L. Gail Curtis, PA-C, MPAS, administered the Physician Assistant Professional Oath. Program Vice Chair Zachary Hartsell, MPAS, PA-C, recognized Daniel R. Lau, PA-C, for completing the 2013-2014 PACT VA Residency. Then it was time for the awards.

Kelly Wohler received the Katherine Anderson Award, which is given to a first-year student in recognition of exemplary academic performance and professional growth toward becoming a physician assistant during the preclinical year. Graduating student Mary Jean Leonardi won the Kitty Bowman Excellence in Research Award, given in recognition of an outstanding commitment to research as a physician assistant student. Joshua Waynick accepted the James Franklin Wilson Memorial Award as the student in the graduating class showing the greatest aptitude and devotion to the profession. The Mike Walker Physician Assistant Excellence Award, new this year, was given in memory of Michael D. Walker, who graduated from the Wake Forest PA Program in 1973. Kristen Motley received the Mike Walker Award for outstanding academic performance and demonstrating compassion and excellence in caring for patients. The graduating class bestowed the Preclinical Year Teaching Excellence Award on Catherine Shull, PA-C, MPAS, and Clinical Year Teaching Excellence Awards on Jeffrey Hinshaw, PA-C, and Jill Grant, PA-C, MMS, MS.

To conclude the day, everyone enjoyed an outside reception and a beautiful May evening. The faculty and staff of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies congratulate the Class of 2014 and wish them the best as they move forward with their careers.




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