CUMBERLAND — Allegany College of Maryland graduated 34 dental hygiene students at recent 44th commencement exercises and accorded them additional recognition at a Dental Hygiene Capping Ceremony held that same day. At the ceremony, the 34 students were presented with full-banded caps symbolic of their profession.

Area students who received an associate degree in applied science are: Terri Bridges of Clearville, Pa.; Angela Jenkins of Cumberland; Lindsay Peiffer of Cumberland; Jenelle Straw of Cumberland; and, Jennifer Vandervort of Rawlings. Achievement and recognition awards were also presented to students.

Taryn Myers of Greencastle, Pa.; received the William T. Fridinger award that goes to the student who achieves the highest grade- point average.

Academic achievement award winners were recognized for their outstanding work in oral pathology, periodontics and pharmacology. Myers and Donna Markham of Cumberland were recognized for all three.

The technical skills award, which recognizes the student who displays the highest laboratory grades was awarded to Myers. Kelly Garland of Oakland received the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler award. This award recognizes the student who exhibits the highest degree of proficiency in scaling.

The Pfizer Oral Healthcare award is given to the student with outstanding chair-side instruction, good communication skills and demonstrated excellence in community dentistry. Rebekah Locker of Hollidaysburg, Pa., was the recipient of this award.

Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals presented the STAR (Student Total Achievement Recognition) award to the student who demonstrates true dedication to the dental hygiene profession and exhibits compassion in patient care. Ashley R. Bakale of Altoona, Pa., received this honor.

Candice Rice of Cumberland received the MDHA student leadership award. The Maryland Dental Hygienists’ Association gives this award annual to the student who is recognized for her outstanding leadership ability.

Stephanie Lipsinic of Ebensburg, Pa., was presented the outstanding clinician award. The Upper Potomac Dental Hygiensts' Society honors the individual who possesses the highest level of clinical skills and maintains an excellent rapport with her patients, peers and instructors.

Sigma Phi Alpha is the national honor society of the dental hygiene profession. Individuals are selected in recognition of their scholastic achievement and professional accomplishments in greater service to dental hygiene. Students inducted were Ashley Bakale, Donna Markham, Taryn Myers and Candice Rice.

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