Dental Hygiene Students Receive Awards

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dental hygiene student awardees

ACM’s Dental Hygiene Department presented achievement and recognition awards to select graduates during a dental hygiene pinning ceremony held earlier this month. L-R: Caitlin Shetler, Katrina Loy, Emma Kendall, Morgan Clark, Skylar Andrews, Elizabeth Martin and Emily Gannon. 



CUMBERLAND, Md. (May 20, 2021) – Allegany College of Maryland’s dental hygiene program graduated 17 students this spring, including area residents Madison Callahan, Chloe DiNicola, Katrina Loy and Caitlin Shetler. In addition to earning associate of applied science degrees in dental hygiene, students were presented with pins symbolic of their profession a recent pinning ceremony. Achievement and recognition awards were given to select students during the ceremony.   

Katrina Loy received the William T. Fridinger Award for achieving the highest GPA in her class of dental hygiene students as well as the Roberts Roentgen Award for demonstrating excellence in radiology. Caitlin Shetler was recognized for having the highest average in her Pharmacology and Oral Pathology courses. Morgan Clark earned the highest average in her Periodontology course. Elizabeth Martin, who was presented with the Maryland Dental Hygienists Association Leadership Award, received the Outstanding Table Clinic Award with fellow student Emma Kendall for their “The Nail-Biting Truth About Dental Anxiety and Oral Health” table clinic as voted upon by area dental professionals. Emily Gannon received the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award and the Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals STAR (Student Total Achievement Recognition) Award for demonstrating dedication to the dental hygiene profession and compassionate patient care. The Dental Hygiene Department presented the Outstanding Clinician Award to Skylar Andrews for possessing the highest level of clinical skills and maintaining an excellent rapport with patients, peers and instructors. Gannon and Loy were this year’s inductees for Sigma Phi Alpha, the national honor society of the dental hygiene profession.  

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