Town Crier News Staff
Four Buffalo Island Central High School alumnae students received degrees during the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences graduation on May 19, held in Barton Coliseum in Little Rock. Leslye Dyan McClelland received a doctorate in medicine, while Tara Rochell Smith, Kimberley Brooke Holland, and Erin Mikah Willyerd received doctorates in pharmacy.
McClelland was salutatorian of the 1998 BIC class and graduated magna cum laude from Arkansas State University in 2003. She is the daughter of Wayland and Karen McClelland of Monette. She received honors in Physician/Patient Interaction at UAMS and the Harold H. Hedges III Scholarship and Donald W. Reynolds Excellence in Geriatrics Award. She was a member of the American and Arkansas Medical Association, American and Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians, American Geriatrics Society and the Christian Medical Dental Association.
McClelland will live in Jonesboro after graduation to do her residency in family medicine at AHEC Northeast.
"First and always, I give thanks to God for the ability and strength to succeed," McClelland said. "Having the privilege to serve as an extension of His healing hands will always make this journey worthwhile. To my parents, thanks for your unfailing love and support. To Blake and April, know that I admire you both and value your love and friendship. To my family and friends, thanks for your smiles and words of encouragement along the way."
Smith was the valedictorian of the 1990 BIC class and a graduate of ASU in Jonesboro. She is the daughter of Lynn and Linda Smith of Black Oak. During pharmacy school she was a member of American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (SSHP) and Kappa Psi. She was named to the Dean's List and received a College of Pharmacy Scholarship and the Harvest Foods Pharmacy Scholarship. She was a Clinical Skills Competition winner.
Smith will reside in Kennett after graduation and has accepted the position of pharmacy manager at Wal-Mart there.
"I want to thank my parents, family and friends for their love, support and patience which made going back to school possible for me," Smith said. "Thanks for believing."
Holland was an honor graduate of the 1999 BIC class. She is the daughter of George Edd and Peggy Holland of Monette. Her pre-pharmacy coursework was completed at ASU in Jonesboro. While at UAMS she was a member of APhA-ASP and NCPA. She was named to the Dean's List.
"I want to thank my family and friends for their love and support throughout my academic career," Holland said.
Willyerd was valedictorian of the 2001 BIC class. She is the daughter of Mike and Doris Willyerd of Leachville and has a sister, Emily. She completed her pre-pharmacy studies at ASU in Jonesboro. During pharmacy school she was a member of APhA-ASP, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP), NCPA and Kappa Psi. She was named to the Dean's List.
Willyerd has accepted a position in pharmacy at the White River Medical Center in Batesville.
"I would like to thank my family and friends for their support throughout my academic career," Willyerd said.