Thirty Jones College practical nursing student graduates- ready for work

ELLISVILLE – After three semesters of classes over the last year, 30 Jones College students are ready to become Licensed Practical Nurses. After successfully completing the program these graduates are ready to pass the licensing test, NCLEX-PN and go to work as LPN’s. Most of these students are already working in a medical setting and look forward to being able to serve patients in their expanded roles.

“When I think about practical nursing, I think of service. Every student here today has put themselves aside to serve others. Regardless of the situation, you have made a commitment to touch countless lives that will span over your career. There is no doubt that each of these students here today has a heart of service which will be a treasure to others,” said Rod Tolbert, Jones College Career and Technical Dean.

During the pinning ceremony and celebration of the classes’ journey to become nurses, three Jones College students were recognized for exceptional work.  Kandace Russell of Waynesboro earned the Perfect Attendance Award for not missing or being tardy for a clinical. Students compiled 635 classroom hours and 345 clinical hours over the year.  Kimberly Squires of Sumrall earned the Highest Average Score Award and JaMiracle Rayborn of Petal was presented with the Florence Nightingale Award for exhibiting integrity and the selfless qualities of Nightingale. During the Crimean War (1853-56), Nightingale fundamentally changed the role of nursing in hospitals which is to provide a safe and caring environment that promotes patient health and well-being and introduced new, professional training standards.


Morgan Ainsworth, Ellisville

Courtney Arrington, Laurel

Jennifer Barnett, Ellisville

Cody Boyles, Waynesboro

Shaterica Brown, Biloxi

Talonda Genae Brown, Laurel

Makayla Burks, Ellisville

Megan Coston, Laurel

Briana Elizabeth Dixon, Stringer

Elizabeth Ellzey, Purvis

Daisy Danielle Fisher, Woodville

Jacqueline Griffith, Magee

Korriana Janae Hardy, Leakesville

Ashley V. Harris, Monticello

Korina Hayes, Mendenhall

Kayla King, Ellisville/Collins

Sierra Symone King, Shaw

Courtney Abril Lee, Poplarville

Rebecca Lynn Malone, Lucedale

Keri Alexandra McDonald, Waynesboro

Jerrica Mims, Lucedale

Ariel Rawls, Seminary

JaMiracle Rayborn, Petal

Kandace Russell, Waynesboro

Kimberly Ann Squires, Sumrall

Kaylyn Rose Walters, Moselle

Kristin Watts, Magee

Briante’ Darnette White, Natchez

Alicia Williams, Meridian

Melissa Yelverton, Laurel.