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Lake Land College recognizes new dental hygienists at pinning ceremony

Posted on June 12, 2019

Lake Land College dental hygiene graduates received their pins at the annual pinning ceremony.

Several students received scholarships or awards during the ceremony.

Baylee Williams, Mattoon, received the Linda Lee Fletcher Scholarship earlier this year. Lizbeth Murillo, Robinson, received the Colgate Student Total Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award, which is offered to a graduating student who shows excellence and commitment to the hygiene profession by demonstrating true dedication to the profession, exhibiting extraordinary compassion in patient care, displaying enthusiasm and follow-through for community service, and demonstrating outstanding patient education and motivation skills.

Charley Lett, Springfield, received the Best Dental Hygienist Award, which was voted on by students in the program. Katie Brown, Crawfordsville, Indiana, received the Golden Scaler Award for demonstrating advanced skills in instrumentation. Brown also received the Proctor and Gamble Preventive Dentistry Award for demonstrating the best patient education along with Kayla Parrott, Charleston.

Brown and Parrott were also inducted into Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Society.

During the ceremony the following students were honored: Katie Brown, Keisha Butler, Hannah Daugherty, Bria Frenchwood, Grace Gatons, Stephanie Jack, Victoria Koin, Charley Lett, Sarah Lilly, Raven Lockard, Lizbeth Murillo, Daniel Nunez, Jillian Oberholtzer, Taylor Oltmanns, Kayla Parrott, Mallory Scharf, Ellie Schuster, Payton Smith, Kate Spiller, Eilish Swisher, Jessica Ulloa, Stephanie Valle, Suzie West, Baylee Williams, Cierra Williams, Megan Zytka.

Dental Hygiene is a special admission program at Lake Land College. The program prepares students with specialized skills necessary for employment as a dental hygienist. Emphasis is on dental hygiene treatment and on the hygienist’s abilities as a dental health educator. The hygienist’s services are sought by dentists, schools, prisons, hospitals, departments of health and industry. The dental hygiene program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Linda Lee Fletcher Scholarship: At left, Kristen Holsapple, dental hygiene instructor, is pictured with Baylee Williams, Mattoon. Williams received the Linda Lee Fletcher Scholarship Award at the Lake Land College Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremony.
STAR Award: Dr. Margaret Merry-Niebrugge, dental hygiene instructor, left, is pictured with Lizbeth Murillo, Robinson. Murillo received the Colgate Student Total Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award.
Best Dental Hygienist Award: At left, Dr. Margaret Merry-Niebrugge, dental hygiene instructor, is pictured with Charley Lett, Springfield. Lett is the recipient of the Best Dental Hygienist Award.
Golden Scaler Award: Deborah Thomason, dental hygiene instructor and director of dental hygiene, left, is pictured with Katie Brown, Crawfordsville, Indiana. Brown received the Golden Scaler Award.
Preventative Dentistry Award: At left, Katie Brown, Crawfordsville, Indiana, is pictured with Beth Hartrich, dental hygiene instructor, and Kayla Parrott, Charleston, right. Brown and Parrott are recipients of the Proctor and Gamble Preventative Dentistry Award for demonstrating the best patient education.

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