Nunez Graduates 15 During Fall 2022 Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Practical Nursing Pinning

Nunez celebrated 15 newly-graduated Practical Nursing students Dec. 8 during its semesterly Pinning Ceremony in the Nunez Auditorium. Pictured from left in the front row are Deonniqua Turner, Ciara Matthews, Ariane Robinson, Breonka Brown, Terrionne Heim, Kayla Tardo and Marissa Duncan. Pictured from left on the back row are Tasha Crutcher, Kelsey Dewint, Seyon McGinnis, Brandy Aleman-Perez, Jennifer Bickham, Gianni Baldwin, Keri Aucoin and Cherkaoui Jones.

Fifteen Practical Nursing graduates took center stage Dec. 8 in the Nunez Auditorium as Nunez Community College hosted its semesterly Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony.

Graduates included:

Brandy Aleman-Perez of Slidell
Keri Aucoin of Slidell
Gianni Baldwin of Violet
Jennifer Bickham of New Orleans
Breonka Brown of Slidell
Tasha Crutcher of Slidell
Kelsey Dewint of Des Allemands
Marissa Duncan of New Orleans
Terrionne Heim of Metairie
Cerkaoui Jones of Harvey
Ciara Matthews of New Orleans
Seyon McGinnis of Westwego
Ariane Robinson of New Orleans
Kayla Tardo of Chalmette
Deonniqua Turner of Gretna

The Fall 2022 Practical Nursing class was unique in that the three awards traditionally awarded at graduation went to four students.

Both Terrionne Heim and Breonka Brown received the Spirit Award, chosen by their classmates as the individual who has motivated them and served as “class cheerleader.”

“Terrionne has been described by her classmates as encouraging, motivated, dedicated, and bubbly,” Nunez Nursing Director Brittney Zaffuto said during the Pinning Ceremony. “Her peers saw her as having a caring heart. It was noted that she always had funny ways of helping her classmates remember things to help information ‘stick.’”

“Breonka has been described by her peers as always having a positive attitude and as someone who demonstrated perseverance,” said Zaffuto. “She has motivated her classmates along the way and encouraged her peers to keep pushing towards the goal of completing the program strong.”

The Academic Achievement Award for highest GPA in all nursing courses went to Kayla Tardo.

The Nightingale Award, chosen by the nursing faculty as the student who “demonstrates the qualities of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing” went to Kelsey Dewint.

“Kelsey has been described by her nursing instructors as dedicated and committed,” said Zaffuto. “She was noted to always be willing to help in clinical and was described as someone who truly cares about her patients.”

Registration for the Spring 2023 semester is going on now at Classes begin Jan. 17, 2023. Students can submit an Advising Request Form or find contact info for their personal Student Success Coach at

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