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2015 Middaugh Awards

In recognition of their willingness to care, commit, listen and lead, the Dan G. Middaugh Student Leadership Awards were presented to the UW School of Dentistry class officers on May 19, 2015 at a dinner hosted by WOHF and WSDA leaders. 

    2015 Middaugh Award recipients are David Ludwig, Christine Mulch, Sohaib Soliman, Yagnesh Patel, and Halee Hyatt. Recipients of the award received $1,000 and special recognition of their service by WSDA Past President Dr. Dan Middaugh, who established the award in 2000 to encourage students to continue their involvement in organized dentistry as dental students, and as practicing members of the profession after graduation. 
 Of the award, Soliman said, “I cannot thank Dr. Middaugh enough for starting this award in recognition of student leadership. It is such an honor to be recognized for our leadership work, and receiving this award makes all of the hard work worth it. I am also especially honored to be joining the generations of student leaders who have received this award before me and hopefully the many more to come!” Recipient Christine Welch said, “Receiving the Middaugh Award has been such an honor and achievement the past few years. At UW we are fortunate to have the support of outstanding faculty, and Dr. Middaugh exemplifies the character, integrity, and determination that are so integral to our education here. His support through this award demonstrates the importance of student leadership and fostering connections with professional organizations early in our career, and I want to thank him for all that he has done on our behalf.”
   At the event, WOHF President Dr. Deck Barnes spoke with the recipients about their work at the University, and asked them about plans for the future. Other guests included WSDA President Dr. Gregory Ogata, UWSoD Dean Dr. Joel Berg, WSDA Executive Director Mr. Bracken Killpack, and Ms. Kate Killpack.
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