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Department of Dental Hygiene celebrates seniors and award recipients

17 students graduate in May, 19 awards were granted

All seventeen students of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2019 pose at the Erickson Alumni Center.

The WVU School of Dentistry’s Department of Dental Hygiene is close to wrapping up another semester and has recognized the upcoming 2019 graduates and sophomore and junior award and scholarship recipients.

The celebratory dinner, held at the Erickson Alumni Center, was Friday, April 12.

The following will graduate May 11, 2019 with a bachelor of science in dental hygiene (BSDH):

Ellie Attaway, Romney, WV
Callie Baker, Quincy, MA
Laykin Beardsley, Parkersburg, WV
Taylor Bunting, Georgetown, DE
Kristen Cook, Pineville, WV
Remington Dewey, Bridgeville, DE
Anna Ellis, Bruceton Mills, WV
McKenzi Fisher, Mannington, WV
Erica Helmstetter, Hazlet, NJ
Megan Longwell, Weirton, WV
Katya Pase, Yorktown, VA
Emily Stricklen, South Charleston, WV
Maranda Thompson, Clarksburg, WV
Hannah Vecchio, Carmichaels, PA
Megan Wetzel, Barboursville, WV
Abigail Withrow, Winchester, VA
Mei Hong Xu, Clarksburg, MD

Senior awards included:

Research Poster/Table Clinic Awards
Taylor Bunting, Abigail Withrow, Katya Pase, McKenzi Fisher, Megan Longwell, Ellie Attaway, Mei Xu

Special Care Dentistry/Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities Award
Callie Baker

Colgate Student Total Achievement Recognition Award
Megan Longwell

American Association of Public Health Dentistry Award
Katya Pase

Hu-Friedy Outstanding Senior Clinician Award
Hannah Vecchio

Dr. Robert E. Sausen Distinguished Service Award
Katya Pase

West Virginia University School of Dentistry Alumni Association Award
Abigail Withrow

Sigma Phi Alpha Honor Society Membership
Abigail Withrow, Laykin Beardsley

Junior awards include:

*Melissa Carlson Armstrong Memorial Dental Hygiene Scholarship Award
Gianna Mollica

*Ann Vargo Rogers Scholarship
 Jordyne Jones

*Mary Sanders Memorial Merit Award
Malia Howard

*Lisa A. Smith Memorial Merit Scholarship
Gianna Mollica

* Linda S. Edwards Scholarship
Ashley Taylor

*Margaret J. Epperly Endowment Scholarship
Nicholas Campbell

*Margaret Howard Teeter WVU Dental Scholarship
Madison Mullenax

Sophomore awards include:

West Virginia University School of Dentistry Alumni Instrument Award
Kelley Long

Sigma Phi Alpha Sophomore Award
Ruth Beck

*Judith grubb dental hygiene scholarship award
Kelley Long

*McMechen-Hock Family Scholarship for Dental Hygiene
Kelley Long, Harley Maynard

*Denotes endowed gifts to dental hygiene

See the online photos from our celebration.