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CNHS Student Profiles

Nate Foot '12, Athletic Training

Nate FootWinner of the 2012 Future Professional in Athletic Training Award
"Nate is intelligent, hard working, inquisitive, and seems to complete even the toughest assignments with a smile on his face. He has an easygoing manner and is a very positive person. He has performed superbly in his over 1600 hours of clinical work (that's double the graduation requirement of the program). These assignments have included the high profile UVM Men's Hockey team, South Burlington High School, as well as work in the lab of Dr. Bruce Benyon in the UVM Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Nate performed exceptionally in all these settings, going above and beyond on a consistent basis." (At left: Nate Foot with Prof. Alan Maynard)
*From remarks by Prof. Alan Maynard at the CNHS Awards Ceremony for Graduating Students



Claire Freson '12, Exercise and Movement Science

Claire FresonWinner of the 2012 CNHS Outstanding Senior Award
"Peer mentor, president of the exercise and movement science club, community service to the tune of over 200 hours, member of the dean's student leadership council, even avid broomball player: These are just SOME of the activities Claire Freson has been involved with during her time at UVM. And in many cases she's done more than engage; she's been a leader. As first vice-president and then president of the Exercise and Movement Science Student Association, she's helped make the group a strong presence in the community. Her service as a peer mentor has been invaluable to CNHS. Claire also gives back to the College through her membership on the Dean's Student Leadership Council." (At left: Claire Freson with CNHS Associate Dean Sarah Abrams)
*From the CNHS Honors Tea remarks for the CNHS Outstanding Senior Award


Kris Joppe-Mercure '12, Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Kris Joppe-MercureWinner of the 2012 Isola Braun Award
"As a DPT student, Kris has been a role model and a resource for her classmates and an excellent mentor in her role as a teaching assistant in two classes. Kris is dependable, attentive to detail and strives for positive performance 100% of the time. She has excelled in all clinical internships and has consistently performed well above the required level. Kris is a woman of integrity and compassion who will make an extraordinary contribution in the field of Physical Therapy."
(At left: Kris Joppe-Mercure with Dr. Diane Jette)
*From remarks by Dr. Diane Jette at the 2012 CNHS Awards Ceremony for Graduating Students




Emily Nicholson '12, Nursing

Emily NicholsonWinner of the 2012 Department of Nursing "Spirit of Nursing" Award
"A top-notch student, Emily has a cumulative GPA of 3.78 and has earned a reputation for being a motivated, positive person committed to service and global health. She's also known for being a truly nice person. One member of the faculty described her as "confident and mature," a person who "seeks out learning opportunities," "thoughtful in her approach to care, knowledgeable and prepared." Another alluded to her calm demeanor and ability to collaborate to produce the best results for her patients. Yet another referred to her sense of humor. When asked how she coped with the night shift during her senior practicum, Emily reportedly responded, "salad, coffee and chocolate." (At left: Emily Nicholson with Dr. Rosemary Dale, Nursing Department Chair, and Dr. Stuart Whitney)
*From remarks by Dr. Rosemary Dale at the 2012 CNHS Awards Ceremony for Graduating Students



Bridget Sarpong '12, Medical Laboratory Science

Bridget SarpongWinner of the 2012 CNHS Student Multicultural Award
"Bridget Sarpong has been a leader in social justice and public health work here at CNHS. As a UVM McNair Scholar, she completed a research project focused on malaria control strategies for infants and children in her home country of Ghana. It's a cause close to her heart. She was born in Mpraeso, a small village in eastern Ghana, and lost childhood friends to Malaria. Bridget has said she wants to help save the most vulnerable populations, like children under the age of five, from this deadly disease. She's formed a club on campus, called Sankofa, to get her peers involved with health and education issues, and to link youth in Ghana with the UVM community. One day soon, she hopes that Sankofa members will be able to visit Ghana - making the connection very real indeed." (At left: Bridget Sarpong with CNHS Associate Dean Sarah Abrams)
*From the CNHS Honors Tea remarks for the CNHS Student Multicultural Award

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