North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology graduates 45th class _lowres

Photo provided by Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto -- Graduates of the 45th class of the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology are, front row from left, Molly Marie Willie, Brooke Amber Richardson, Angela E. Valenti, Kristina R. Evans and Brittany L. Palmer; and back row, Justin J. Grijalva, Rocky J. Brown Jr., Trenton L. DeBautte and Richard P. Hebert III.

The North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology in Hammond graduated its 45th class during a ceremony July 7 in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, located on the North Oaks Medical Center campus, according to a news release.

The graduates are Rocky J. Brown Jr. and Brooke Amber Richardson, of Maurepas; Trenton L. DeBautte and Brittany Palmer, of Ponchatoula; Kristina R. Evans, of Baton Rouge; Justin J. Grijalva, of Slidell; Richard P. Hebert III, of Covington; Angela E. Valenti, of Hammond; and Molly Marie Willie, of Mandeville.

Senior Vice President of Human Resources Jeff Jarreau presided over the ceremony and Program Director Marsha J. Talbert presented the diplomas.

Each graduate of the two-year program earned more than 2,000 clinical training hours, Talbert said.

Richardson was presented the Academic Award for having the highest overall scholastic average. Grijalva received the Performance and Attitude Award for exceptional performance in the clinical setting. Dr. Rodney Taylor presented the Dannye Young Taylor Always Remembering Others Award, in honor of his wife, to Valenti in recognition of her outstanding patient care skills.

Brown, Evans, Grijalva, Hebert, Palmer, Richardson, Valenti and Willie were recognized as members of Lambda Nu, an honor society for the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. To become a member of the society, a member must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average out of a possible 4.0.

Established in 1967, the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology provides classroom and clinical instruction to prepare students for careers in diagnostic imaging, which is used to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries.