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WDTC Honors 34 Nursing Students During Special Pinning Ceremony on Dec. 16

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) is helping fill the great need for more nurses. In honor of their WDTC Registered Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing Fall Semester 2022 program completion, 34 students received pins during a special ceremony at the college on Friday, Dec. 16.

Nine students were recognized for having completed the Registered Nursing program. An additional 25 Practical Nursing program students were honored for completing their program. Receiving pins is a traditional symbolic welcoming of nursing graduates into the nursing field.

Four students received surprise awards during the ceremony.

Registered Nursing award winners:

Academic Excellence
– Lesli Schneider

Clinical Excellence
-Amy Fedorkowicz

Practical Nursing award winners:

Academic Excellence
-Tristen Mausser

Clinical Excellence
-Nina DiSalvo

Registered Nursing program students who received pins, and their hometowns, are:
  • Theresa Bartels – Summerset
  • Taylor Bone – Box Elder
  • Amy Fedorkowicz, Rapid City
  • Taylor Hickson – Whitewood
  • Charles Hughes – Hettinger, N.D.
  • Jayde Puck – Edgemont
  • Lesli Schneider – Rapid City
  • Renae Wetch – Rapid City
  • Angela Yuronich – Newcastle, Wyo.
Practical Nursing program students who received pins, and their hometowns, include:
  • Jami Albrecht – Belle Fourche
  • Nina DiSalvo – New Underwood
  • Melissa Dukes – Rapid City
  • Brittney Frasier – Rapid City
  • Presley Gruba – Rapid City
  • Airika Jensen – Spearfish
  • Sarah Jordan – Whitewood
  • Karina Lopez – Spearfish
  • Tristan Mausser – Rapid City
  • Blake Mehlberg – Whitewood
  • Chehala Meyer – Rapid City
  • Miranda Morris – Rapid City
  • Jace Nelson – Rapid City
  • Okwudili Ogbozor – Rapid City
  • Christina Pudwill – Rapid City
  • Kiara Rath – Piedmont
  • Bradley Stover – Black Hawk
  • Julie Swan – Rapid City
  • Linda Swier – Rapid City
  • Kaitlyn Totten – Rapid City
  • Jaeden Vaden – Ellsworth AFB
  • Basil Wangukwa – Rapid City
  • Heidi Weber – Summerset
  • Jesse Weber – Rapid City
  • Kennedy Wright – Rapid City
Learn more about Western Dakota Technical College's Registered Nursing program at:

More information about the Practical Nursing Program can be found here:

Additional photos are available on WDTC's Facebook page at:

PHOTO CUTLINE: Top: Registered Nursing students who received pins at the Dec. 16 event. Bottom: Practical Nursing students honored during the pinning ceremony. *Not all students who completed the programs were able to attend the ceremony.
About Western Dakota Technical College
Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) was established in 1968 and is the only technical college serving the western South Dakota region.

WDTC offers more than 40 programs in a variety of fields, including Business and Computers, Construction and Manufacturing, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Health Sciences, Legal and Public Services, and Transportation Technologies.

Ninety-nine percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military, per the WDTC 2021 Placement Report. There were 326 respondents out of 380 graduates surveyed. [*Placement information is derived from graduate surveys, faculty-collected data, placement surveys started six months after graduation, and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. Overall placement rate is figured by: (responding graduates employed, continuing education, or in military service)/(responding graduates who are seeking employment). The number of program graduates are unduplicated by CIP code.]

Western Dakota Technical College faculty, staff, and administration focus their efforts on helping students gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed. Through hands-on learning, internships, and industry partnerships, Western Dakota Tech students graduate ready to make a real and immediate contribution to their employers and to their communities.

For information about WDTC, call (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565 or send an email to Visit us on the web at

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