WCU-OC Dental Hygiene Program Honors Graduates in the C-20 Cohort

Congratulations to our West Coast University-Orange County Dental Hygiene graduates of the C-20 Cohort! In September, 24 graduates received their pins and recognition awards after completing their studies.

“We are incredibly proud of our dental hygiene graduates and wish them luck as they move on to their careers as dental hygienists,” WCU-OC Dental Hygiene Dean Michelle Hurlbutt said.


Research Award: “Antimicrobial Properties of Colloidal Silver Against Common Oral Pathogens,” by Christian Cruz, Monica Rodarte, Marc Tenchavez, Nicole Wong

Ergonomics Award – Recognizing a commitment to ergonomics to maintain musculoskeletal health and career longevity: April O’Neill

Community Service Award – Recognizing outstanding achievement in community projects and service above self: Bethany Icel Lauria

The Golden Scaler Award – Recognizing outstanding achievement of clinical competence, excellence in the delivery of patient care, and professionalism: Monica Rodarte

The Outstanding Leadership Award – Recognizing of outstanding leadership abilities: Taraneh Jamali

S.T.A.R. Award – Recognizing great compassion in patient care, enthusiasm for community service and dedication to the progression of dental hygiene: April O’Neill

Sigma Phi Alpha – Recognizing a commitment to excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service: Yoshi Fukushima, Nicole Wong, Taraneh Jamali

Dean’s Award – Recognizing academic, clinical, research, community service, and leadership excellence:
Taraneh Jamali

Valedictorian: Yoshi Fukushima

Summa Cum Laude: Yoshi Fukushima

Magna Cum Laude: Taraneh Jamali, Whitney Retta

Cum Laude: Brenda Montesinos, Marc Tenchavez, Nicole Wong

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