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May 24, 2007

Dental hygiene announces eighth consecutive 100 percent pass rate; conducts graduation banquet

The University of Louisiana at Monroe dental hygiene department conducted their graduation banquet for the Class of 2007 Saturday, May 19 at the ULM Library, 7th floor.

The dental hygiene department, housed in the College of Health Sciences, also announced an eighth consecutive 100 hundred percent pass rate on the Dental Hygiene National Boards.

Graduating as the dental hygiene Class of 2007 are: Brandy Austin (Lake Charles), Adrienne Boone (Jones), Tracy Bostick (Alexandria), Erin Boutte (Woodworth), Keasha Castille (St. Martinville), Kristi Cox (Monroe), Brie Dobbs (Jena), Ashley Duchesne (Monroe), Sarah Freeman (Arlington, Texas), Victoria Gremillion (Vidalia), Sarah Herrod (Baton Rouge), Anna Junkin (Mansfield), Megan Lope (Benton), Roxie Martin (Monroe), Sarah Beth Miller (Lake Arthur), Lindsey Morgan (Baker), Autumn Noyes (Bossier City), Cyndi Ochs (DeRidder), Jamie Perdue (Bossier City), Miranda Taylor (Quitman), Leann Thompson (Hamburg, Ark.), Be Tu Tran (Amelia), Diana Wade (Enterprise), and Megan Whittington (Pride). Laxmi Gurung (Mantang, Nepal) achieved degree completion.

Class members received a variety of prestigious awards: ULM Scholastic Achievement Award - Diana Wade; LDHA Outstanding Student Award - Keasha Castille; Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award - Sarah Freeman; ULM Clinical Excellence Award - Brandy Austin; Alpha Eta Award - Sarah Beth Miller and Brie Dobbs; Sigma Phi Alpha Award - Miranda Taylor and Diana Wade; Procter and Gamble Preventive Oral Health Award - Brie Dobbs; American Association of Public Health Award - Cyndi Ochs; Colgate STAR Award - Miranda Taylor; Student Professionalism Award- Diana Wade and Sarah Freeman; Dr. James L. Padgett Award - Diana Wade; and Ark-La-Miss Specialties Award - Sarah Freeman.

Dental hygienists are in great demand throughout the United States, with salaries, commissions and benefits dependent on the employing dentist. In Louisiana, the greatest need for hygienists is currently in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.

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