EUNICE -- The 2018 graduating class in Respiratory Care received their pins in ceremonies held this week at LSU Eunice. Fifteen graduates were honored at the annual pinning ceremony after spending four semesters in the top-ranked program in Louisiana.
Receiving pins in the ceremony were Brittany Adams of Des Allemands, Harrison Benson of Gonzales, Megan Catoire of Mamou, Hannah Chelette of Montgomery, Kayla Este of Lafayette, Janelle Freeman of Opelousas, Ashley Goodwin of Broussard, Hunter Guidry of Washington, Hailey Jones of Montgomery, Heather Manuel of Cottonport, Kimberly Parich of New Iberia, Victoria Raspberry of Church Point, Elizabeth Sonnier of Rayne, Dylan Thibodeaux of Ville Platte and Jenci Trahan of Breaux Bridge.
The Scholastic Achievement Award which is given to the student with the highest grade point average in the class during the clinical phase of the program was presented to Elizabeth Sonnier.
Hailey Jones earned the Distinguished Student Award which is selected by class members and honors the student who is a role model for others in the program.
The Bengal Spirit Award was presented to a student in the class who contributed above and beyond to the mission of the program and the university. Kyla Este was this year’s recipient.
The university’s Respiratory Care program is one of the top programs in the nation, consistently having a 100 percent pass rate on national board exams.
The 2018 Respiratory Care graduates are (seated) Brittany Adams of Des Allemands, Dylan Thibodeaux of Ville Platte, Hailey Jones of Montgomery, Kimberly Parich of New Iberia and Kayla Este of Lafayette. Standing in the back are Kathleen Warner, program coordinator; Jenci Trahan of Breaux Bridge; Michael Wyble, clinical director; Megan Catoire of Mamou; Elizabeth Sonnier of Rayne; Victoria Raspberry of Church Point; Harrison Benson of Gonzales; Hunter Guidry of Washington; Heather Manuel of Cottonport; Hannah Chelette of Montgomery; Ashley Goodwin of Broussard; David Asbury, clincial instructor; and Janelle Freeman of Opelousas.