North Oaks radiologic graduates class of 13 _lowres

Photo provided by MELANIE ZAFFUTO -- Graduates of the 44th class of the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology, first row from left, are Tiffany Hebert, Jamie Canal, Britney Rogers, Megan May, Hilarie Smith; and second row, Kimberly Taylor, Nicole Coslan, Clint Cambre, Rashima Jenkins, Tim Hollywood, Sam Crenshaw, Jacy Clemons and Natalie Forst.

Graduates of the 44th class of the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology were honored during a ceremony July 7 in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center.

The 13 graduates are Clint Cambre, of Port Vincent; Jamie L. Canal and Timothy Hollywood, both of Hammond; Jacy B. Clemons, of Kentwood; Nicole Lynn Coslan, of Independence; Samuel E. Crenshaw, of Weatherford, Texas; Natalie E. Forst, of New Orleans; Tiffany Leigh Hebert and Kimberly Taylor, both of Ponchatoula; Rashima R. Jenkins, of Bossier City; Megan Elise May, of Covington; Britney Rogers, of Franklinton; and Hilarie B. Smith, of McComb, Mississippi.

The ceremony marked the conclusion of a two-year program that included 2,000 clinical training hours, according to Program Director Marsha J. Talbert.

Outstanding achievement awards were given to three of the graduates during the ceremony. The Academic Achievement Award was presented to Canal for achieving the highest overall scholastic average with a GPA of 3.79. The Performance and Attitude Award for exceptional performance in the clinical setting was presented to Hebert. Commencement speaker Rodney Taylor, the pastor of Natalbany Baptist Church, presented the Dannye Young Taylor Always Remembering Others Award, named in honor of his wife, to Clemons in recognition of her outstanding patient care skills, the news release said.

Cambre, Canal, Clemons, Coslan, Crenshaw, Forst, Hebert, Hollywood, May, Rogers, Smith and Taylor were honored 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 GPA out of a possible 4.0.

North Oaks Health System Education Director Nicole Barnum presided over the one-hour ceremony, and Talbert presented diplomas to the graduates.

Established in 1967, the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The School offers a comprehensive 24-month program that provides classroom and clinical instruction to prepare students for careers in the field of diagnostic imaging, which is used to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists National Certification examination and apply for Louisiana state licensure.

Applications for the 2015-17 class will be accepted through April 1, 2015. To request an application, call or write: program director, North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology, P.O. Box 2668, Hammond, La., 70404, or call (985) 230-7805. Applications are also available online at