Nursing graduate recognized as Distinguished Military Graduate for Army ROTC

Untitled.pngSecond Lieutenant Elizabeth Kolar participated in the College of Nursing Pinning and Hooding ceremony earlier this month. On December 16, 2015, she was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. During this ceremony, she was recognized as being one of the Distinguished Military Graduates for Army ROTC. LT Kolar was chosen from the ranks of all graduating ROTC Cadets nationally. Recipients of the Distinguished Military Graduate award are recognized by their Professor of Military Science for having demonstrated high scholarship, great moral character, excellent military aptitude and superior leadership ability during their time at ROTC. Distinguished Military Graduates are those who rank in the top 20 percent of Army ROTC graduates nationally for a particular commissioning year.

On a side note, as an elementary student, Kolar was the winner of the College of Nursing “Why I Want to be a Nurse” Contest. The  contest provides an opportunity for students to begin thinking about a career in nursing. Fifth grade students have the opportunity to earn a monetary gift for college tuition while practicing their computer and writing skills. Kolar’s award winning essay that she wrote in 5th grade is below.

I think that I have always wanted to nurse. I have always liked taking care of people.

A nurse is a charitable, patient, understanding, and kind person. They help people get better in a nice way and help people deal with being sick.

My mom was a nurse and inspired me. I would watch her take care of my grandparents while they were sick and I wanted to be like her: loving, gentle, kind, and patient. When I was sick. I like the way she could make me feel better.

Another influence on me was the county health nurse. She was my nurse since I could remember. She way always nice and friendly.

All nurses have inspired me, especially ones in the 3rd world countries. I think that these nurses have a lot of strength to go and live in poverty to help others where doctors are very scare or expensive.

In conclusion, I would like to become a nurse because of all these fine influences.

For more information regarding the “Why I Want to be a Nurse” Contest, visit our website: http://www.sdstate.edu/nurs/outreach/contest/index.cfm

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