Southern School Notebook: July 6

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Two students from the Clark F. Miller Radiologic Technology Program at Maine College of Health Professions won a top academic award at the annual meeting of the Maine Society of Radiologic Technologists earlier this month.

Kendra Kirby of South Portland and Jennifer Brown of Freeport, senior radiography students, won first place and $300 in the MSRT Student Scientific Exhibit Contest for their exhibit on digital radiography.

The awards were presented at the Maine Society of Radiologic Technologists’ annual conference in Augusta. The contest is open to all students enrolled in radiology science programs in Maine.

The MCHP Radiologic Technology Program was founded by the late Clark F. Miller, M.D., in 1949. It was the first program of its kind in Maine. Students take courses at the college in Lewiston, and complete clinical rotations at health care facilities throughout central and southern Maine.

Maine College of Health Professions (formerly CMMC College of Nursing) was founded in 1891. An affiliate of Central Maine Medical Center, the college offers associates degrees in Nursing, Radiologic Technology, and Computed Tomography. The college also offers certificate programs in Computed Tomography, Certified Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy.

Cape Elizabeth grad gets national award

Meridan (Davidson) Zerner, 1988 graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School, has won the 2018 national Excellence in Practice Award from the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition practice group of the prestigious Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. SCAN has more than 7,000 members.

The award is for innovation and expertise in the areas of sports nutrition and cardiovascular health. Most recent recipients have national reputations in their specialties. Criteria included visibility of practice, professional accomplishments demonstrated to advance and impact the profession, outstanding leadership/service to the profession.

Zerner is employed as a nutrition and fitness specialist at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas, where she also uses her broadcast skills to represent the clinic regularly on local television to inform and advise viewers on numerous nutrition issues.

Zerner received her bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from the Newhouse School of Broadcast Journalism at Syracuse University and later earned her master’s degree in nutritional science (emphasis in health promotion) from Oklahoma University. 

She is the daughter of Edie and Dan Davidson of Cape Elizabeth and daughter-in-law of Dr. John and Libby Zerner of Little Diamond Island. Her husband, Dr. Jay Zerner, graduated from Deering High School and is a radiologist in Dallas.

Jennifer Brown, left and Kendra Kirby were honored by the Maine Society of Radiologic Technicians, taking a top prize for their exhibit on digital radiography.

Meridan (Davidson) Zerner, formerly of Cape Elizabeth, has won the 2018 national Excellence in Practice Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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