JCC radiography students win second Tech Bowl

For the second year in a row, radiography students at Johnston Community College have won the Tech Bowl competition at the annual conference of the N.C. Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Competing in Concord against 12 other schools, JCC brought home the Rita Harlowe Memorial Trophy, which goes to the winning team. Tech Bowl participants were Jarrod Fleeger of Garner, Eric Washburn of Pikeville, Keely Myers of Smithfield, Jennifer Baughman of Selma and Laila Rashid of Smithfield. They all received a monetary award.

JCC students and faculty were also recognized for taking part in “The NCSRT Gives Back,” a fundraiser to support the Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital. JCC donated the most items, a total of 168 boxes of crayons, coloring books and other supplies for the children.

At the conference, students also took part in scientific exhibits, the mock registry exam and various seminars. JCC instructors Phil Blackman and Wendy Collins served on the annual conference committee. Blackman was elected president-elect of the NCSRT for the upcoming year.

Linda Smith, dean of health, wellness and human services at JCC, presented a workshop titled “You Have the Degree, Now You Need the Job.” Ann Jackson, director of imaging programs, presented “Equipment Operations and QC Review.”

Jackson said the JCC students and their instructors were honored to bring back the Rita Kaye Harlowe Memorial Trophy for the second year in a row.

“The NCSRT annual conference is an excellent opportunity for JCC radiography students to collaborate with registered radiographers and student peers from other colleges across the state,” she said.

Jackson added that she was proud of the support students showed for the children’s hospital. “Our faculty feels that participation in community-service projects is essential because it teaches our students to give back and shows concern for others, and that is what health care should be about,” she said.