Madison Brown

WHS alumna Madison Brown received the Nursing Award upon her graduation from Lees-McRae College.

BANNER ELK — Madison Brown, a 2015 graduate of Watauga High School, achieved a top honor upon completing her degree at Lees-McRae College. A graduate of the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences, she graduated with honors, obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.

The recipients are nominated by their designated majors’ faculty and staff for their excellence academics, leadership and service. As the recipient of the Nursing Award, Brown displayed leadership in and outside of the classroom. She achieved academic excellence by graduating cum laude and was inducted into the May School of Nursing Honors Society. As a source of support for her peers, she takes great pride in bettering herself and the community.

In addition to her coursework and demanding clinical schedule, she represented the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences in a local program to reduce opioid misuse. Sponsored by The High Country Charitable Foundation and Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk, the events were hosted by Lees-McRae College and Avery County High School.

She said, “The objective of the events was to bring awareness to the community members regarding the current opioid epidemic. As a personal and professional goal to better the community in which I live, I was honored to take part in these events hoping to serve a resource for individuals suffering from addiction.”

She is not hesitant to credit her success to her parents Rich and Denise Brown, faculty and staff of the May School of Nursing, and community individuals who have encouraged her along the way. Brown has accepted a position at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in the neuroscience department as a nurse in the intensive care unit.

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