As the sound of drums reverberated off the walls of the lobby at Sterling Aviation High School, Nurse Veronica Myers instantly knew this wasn’t going to be a typical morning.
As she was cheered on by that school’s cheerleading squad, Myers was surprised with the Secondary Nurse of the Month award for May. With more than 50 nominations from Sterling’s faculty and staff, Myers was a standout nominee for the recognition.
With a colorful contemporary art installation overhead and neighboring mirrored skyscrapers reflecting sunlight into the lobby of Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Nurse Kimberlyn Jordan came out of the elevator expecting to take her photo for the school yearbook.
But the staff at HSPVA had other plans, surprising Jordan with the April Secondary Nurse of the Month honor.
“I saw all these people down here, and I had no idea what was going on,” Jordan said.
As the HR Prize Patrol snuck into the back entrance of the School at St. George Place, Nurse Hsueh Beveridge was working on her morning tasks near the front entrance. The Prize Patrol had to be careful not to spoil the surprise of Nurse Beveridge being named the March Secondary Nurse of the Month.
As she entered the school cafeteria expecting a medical issue, Beveridge was surprised to find the Prize Patrol waiting along with several teachers, the school principal, and one special guest—her husband.
“I’m very honored,” Beveridge said. “And overwhelmed!”
Just before he was set to arrive at a meeting with Bruce Elementary Principal Dr. Shawn Nickerson, a third-grader had an asthma attack and needed immediate attention.
“That’s the epitome of Nurse Paul right there,” Nickerson said. “Always putting the students first.”
A few moments later, Rademacher walked into the meeting, surprised to also find the HR Prize Patrol —and a group of cheering colleagues— waiting with the principal. To his surprise, he was named the January Elementary School Nurse of the Month.