24 Aug WCC honors dental students | Sampson Independent
Honored during the Wayne Community College Dental Assisting Class of 2019’s pinning ceremony were, from left, Alyssa Price, Outstanding Student Award; Reina Hernandez-Gonzalez, Expanded Functions Achievement Award; Sommer Brown, Clinical Achievement Award; Kayla Joanna Milligan, Patient Care Award; and Josinely Paredes Larios, Academic Achievement Award. –
Brook Caroline, a native of Newton Grove, is one of many Wayne Community College graduates ready for a new journey in the dental profession.
Wayne Community College recently recognized 21 members of its Dental Assisting program at a pinning ceremony at the campus in Goldsboro. During the annual service for the Class of 2019, formal presentations of the pins were made by the program’s faculty. It also included an introduction of graduates to the audience as dental assistants.
The Dental Assisting Class of 2019 presented a donation to the Foundation of Wayne Community College in appreciation for all that the foundation had done for the dental assisting students. Ellwood, the 2019 DASA treasurer, thanked the Foundation for its assistance with “necessities and scholarships.”
While addressing the class, Dr. M.B. Patel, the dentist for the Wayne Community College Dental Department, encouraged the graduates to “hold onto your character as you face diversity.”
“Ultimately, it is the choice of the fundamental over the frivolous, preferring what is true over what’s accepted, the choosing of what is right over what is easy,” he said, quoting Gary Brochu.
Graduates who pass the Dental Assisting National Board examination can work as certified dental assistants. Wayne Community College’s Dental Assisting Program is a limited-admission, three-semester diploma program. It is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves around 12,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 70 college credit programs. Its mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.
Along with Caroline, the other graduates were Alyssa Price, Kristie Mitchell Waters, and Elizabethe Ann Weeks of Goldsboro; Hannah Olivia Lee of Mount Olive; Margarita Bautista-Lopez of Seven Springs; Reina Hernandez-Gonzalez of La Grange; Heather Jackson of Kinston; Sommer Brown of Beulaville; Kayla Renee Hardee of Greenville; Guillermina Mejia, Josinely Paredes Larios, and Brooke Lee Stroud of Wilson; Berkley Anne Lyon of Fayetteville; Kayla Joanna Milligan of Dover; Allie Taylor Ellwood of New Bern; Jordan Taylor Pierce of Washington; Bayleigh Lynne Tilton of Clayton; Cassandra Gleason of Knightdale; Alissa Afraid of Lightening, of Rapid City, S.D.; and Kylie Nicole Austin, of Olney, Texas.
Five students were honored for outstanding performance. Each was presented a plaque.
Brown accepted the Clinical Achievement Award for both a high clinical grade point average and outstanding reviews from her rotation sites. It was noted that she had demonstrated excellent patient care, professionalism, enthusiasm, and self-motivation.
Paredes Larios earned the Academic Achievement Award for the highest grade point average while in the dental assisting program. The award is sponsored by the Foundation of Wayne Community College.
Hernandez-Gonzalez garnered the Expanded Functions Achievement Award. She exceeded the requisite number of these “extra” functions that dental assisting students can only perform in the last two semesters of their training.
Milligan won the Patient Care Award for overall positive attitude, and genuine care and concern for patients. In particular, Milligan was lauded as someone who “truly enjoys the dental assistant role.” Her name also will be added to a plaque that hangs in the college’s dental clinic.
Price was honored with the Outstanding Student Curriculum Award for the Dental Assisting Program. The award is given to the one student whose academic accomplishments best represent the program.
Austin, Lyon, and Waters were acknowledged for serving as officers in the Dental Assisting Student Association. Jackson, Lee, Milligan, Price and Tilton were recognized for their roles as Student Government Association representatives.
Honored during the Wayne Community College Dental Assisting Class of 2019’s pinning ceremony were, from left, Alyssa Price, Outstanding Student Award; Reina Hernandez-Gonzalez, Expanded Functions Achievement Award; Sommer Brown, Clinical Achievement Award; Kayla Joanna Milligan, Patient Care Award; and Josinely Paredes Larios, Academic Achievement Award.