Big Sandy Community and Technical College Celebrates Graduates | News


PRESTONSBOURG Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held three in-person graduation ceremonies on May 6 and 7 to honor the Class of 2022 at the Mountain Arts Center.

Friday night’s graduation included Big Sandy’s Allied Health Programs. Sarah Rice sang the national anthem and Grace Johnson offered the invocation. Professor Matt Smith gave the blessing. At Saturday’s graduations, Danica Dye sang the national anthem and BSCTC facilities manager Randy Haney offered the invocation.

Breanna Crum and Mckinleigh Rudder received the Dental Assisting Humanitarian Awards for their empathy and compassion towards others and for the exemplary quality of their patient care in dental settings.

The Top Clinician in Dental Assisting awards were presented to Samantha Newcomb and Elaine Kidd for their outstanding performance in the clinical and laboratory settings and for their ability to master the technical skills essential to dental assisting.

The Outstanding Dental Assisting Student Award was presented to Breonna Taylor for outstanding achievement and the highest grade point average in any dental assisting course.

The Colgate Student Total Achievement recognition is awarded to recognize compassion in patient care, enthusiasm for community service, and dedication and enjoyment to the dental hygiene profession. The recipients were Grace Johnson and Morgan Grantham.

Hope Hunter and Katelyn Rudder received the Golden Scaler Award for their exceptional levels of clinical performance and excellence in providing patient care. These students achieved the highest scores in the faculty evaluation of clinical scaling procedures.

The Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student Award was presented to Cora Machal for her demonstrated academic excellence and the highest GPA in Dental Hygiene and her integrated coursework.

The Excellence in Respiratory Therapist Program Achievement Award was presented to Katlynn Minix for her overall grade point average.

Laikin Thompson and Carson Oney were the recipients of the Respiratory Therapist Program’s Clinical Excellence Award, selected by various clinical professors from health care settings. This award is based on students’ knowledge and technical skills, as well as their interaction with patients, families, and other members of the healthcare team.

The Life and Breath Award is selected by peer-reviewed respiratory health students, in recognition of their exceptional knowledge of respiratory care, caring attitude at the bedside, and superior clinical skills. Randa Williams received this award.

Professor and Director of Library Services Judy Howell won the Great Teacher Award. Howell is a strong advocate for holistic student support and the creation of a conducive work, study, and social environment in BSCTC libraries.

Professor Tammy Ball also won the Great Teacher Award. She was instrumental in establishing a community garden on the Prestonsburg campus to help supply fresh vegetables to local food pantries. More recently, she partnered with faculty and students to create The Nest, a resource center for students, a vital service during the pandemic years. Ball is a two-time recipient of the BSCTC Great Teacher Award and has been nationally recognized as a Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty.

Ball was also the guest speaker at Saturday’s graduation.


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