Wayne Community College recognized the 26 members of its 2019 dental hygiene class in a formal pinning ceremony at the college recently.
The annual service, which included presentation of stoles and WCC dental hygiene pins to the graduates by the faculty of the program, marked the end of the graduates’ academic journey and welcomed them into the dental profession.
The stoles and pins were provided to the graduates by the WCC Student American Dental Health Association.
This year’s graduates are Katie Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Allison Bailey, Meredith Brown, Sarah Cameron, Jada Cannady, Cynthia Coker, Mikayla Conner, Emily Fleming, Kasi Gore, Bailey Howell, Hayley James, Chloe Kandare, Amelia Manriquez, Riley Martin, Taylor Mercer, Taylor Mitchell, Alyssa Molina, Holly Moore, Emily Ritcher, Ashley Russell, Brenda Santibanez, Mary Thornton, Anna Tyson, Amber Ward and Hannah Warren.
Awards were presented to several outstanding students.
The Paradise Dental Technologies, or PDT Scaling Award for excellence in patient consideration, professionalism, teamwork, enthusiasm, enjoyment of the role of dental hygienist and excellent clinical skills, was awarded to Cameron. She received a new set of instruments and a plaque.
Warren earned the Highest Academic Achievement Award for the highest cumulative program grade-point average.
The S.T.A.R., or Student Total Achievement Recognition, award for dedication, compassion in patient care, self-motivation, professionalism and outstanding clinical skills went to Howell. She was given a certificate and a plaque, and her name was added to a permanent plaque that hangs in the college’s dental department.
Coker and Gore garnered the Community Health Award for showing enthusiasm and initiative in community and activities of the annual seminar day continuing education course.
This year the dental department sponsored four additional awards: highest radiography average and highest number of completed patients went to Martin; Best All-Around Achievement Award, to Katie Anderson; and Extra Effort Award to Bailey.
Coker received the Outstanding Student Curriculum Award, voted on by the dental hygiene faculty, for the student who demonstrated a willingness to attend after-hours functions as a class representative, and consistently demonstrated professionalism and teamwork.
Kandare was named to Who’s Who Among Students at Wayne Community College, which rewards the leading students for their academic excellence and the contributions they make to the college and community. Only 1 percent of the students who attend WCC are selected for this accolade annually.
Upon passing the written National Board Dental Hygiene Exam administered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations of the American Dental Association and the clinical Council of Interstate Testing Agencies’ Regional Exam, graduates can apply to the State Board of Dental Examiners for licensure and become registered dental hygienists in North Carolina.
The dental hygiene program is a limited-admission, five-semester associate degree program. It is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.