CSC Health Professions Students Preparing To Leave For Professional Schools

(Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)

     Chadron State College recently held a banquet to honor 23 Health Professions students advancing to professional schools during a banquet April 28. 

       Dr Megan Schuckman of Chadron, herself a CSC RHOP Health Professions program, was the speaker and encouraged the students by telling them they would be better prepared at CSC than at any other school.

      Dr Schuckman, daughter of local physician Dr Ed Pelton, spoke at the banquet 8 years ago while doing her 3-year residency in Rapid City.

      Director of the Health Professions Program Kristal Kuhnel calls the banquet a bittersweet ending to the academic year.

     She says that‘s because “while everyone associated with the Health Professions Program is delighted to see students successfully get accepted to and move on to professional school, we hate for them to leave because we will miss seeing them around the campus.”

      Three of the students moving on to professional school are graduates of high schools in the region. 

       Kaitlyn Jensen of Chadron and Sarah Salomon of Scottsbluff are both entering the University of Nebraska Medical School’s West Division School of Nursing in Scottsbluff while Grace Robinson of Valentine is headed to the Physical Therapy program at the University of South Dakota.            

The following students will be attending professional schools.

Dental Hygiene

Taylor Buescher of Edgar, Neb., UNMC West      

Madison Kahl of Riverton, Wyo., UNMC West


Riley Hill of Greybull, Wyo., Creighton University

Mason Jensen of Buffalo, Wyo., UNMC


Megan Erickson of Bassett, Neb., UNMC

Abigail Klammer of Juniata, Neb., UNMC              

Thea Rosberg of Wausa, Neb., UNMC                    


Piper deBeauclair of Arthur, Neb., UNMC West

Brendan Fangmeier of Hastings, Neb., UNMC Omaha

Jaelynn Hemphill of Ogallala, Neb., UNMC West

Kaitlyn Jensen of Chadron, UNMC West

Jerad Phillips of Wallace, Neb., UNMC West        

Sarah Salomon of Scottsbluff, Neb, UNMC West


Jace Russman of Gothenburg, Neb., UNMC

Physical Therapy

Alexis Heller of Wisner, Neb., UNMC Omaha

Kael Juelfs of Kingman, Ariz., UNMC Omaha

Allison Keisel of Holyoke, Colo., UNMC Omaha

Josslyn Linse of Plattsmouth, Neb., UNMC Omaha

Grace Robison of Valentine, Neb., USD

Physician Assistant

Taryn Baucke of Yuma, Colo., Union College

Public Health

Ruth Mencia of Grand Island, Neb., UNMC

Doctoral Research

Isioma Akwanamnye of Lagos, Nigeria, Case Western Reserve University

Wacey Gallegos of Ainsworth, Neb., Rosalind Franklin University