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Arizona Native Named Class of 2007 Valedictorian

June  11, 2007

Dr. Micah L. Porter, son of Mr. Donald G. Porter and Mrs. Connie M. Clonts, both of Gilbert, Arizona, received a doctor of dental surgery degree with highest honors from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry during commencement exercises held June 10 at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. Pacific named Porter valedictorian for achieving the highest overall grade point average in didactic and clinical courses during the intensive three-year program.

Porter graduated suma cum laude from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in human nutrition. While at the dental school, he held numerous leadership positions, including several with Pacific's American Student Dental Association Chapter. He also achieved an impressive academic record, particularly in the area of student research. Porter was active in Pacific's nationally recognized Student Outreach for Public Education program and maintained memberships with the dental school's Endodontic Study Club and Aesthetics Study Club.

"I am very grateful for all of the opportunities that Pacific has given me. The learning environment they have created here is truly unique. It is like Dr. Dugoni would always tell us, 'Here at Pacific we grow people and a long the way they become dentists.' I only hope that I can give back a part of what has been given me," Porter said.

Porter ranked first in a class of 139 dental students and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the Tau Kappa Omega, and the Phi Kappa Phi honor societies for his scholastic achievements. Porter also received the following graduation awards: Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity Award; Clinical Excellence Award; American Association of Endodontics Award; American Prosthodontic Society Award; first place for research on cleft lip and palate in the dental school's ADA/ Dentsply Student Clinician Research Competition; Omicron Kappa Upsilon William W.Y. Goon Award; second place in the School of Dentistry's Student Research Competition; Garrett M. Guess Valedictorian Award; and Herbert K. Yee Scholarship Award.

Following graduation, Porter will enter the endodontic residency program at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. Porter and his wife, Meisha, have two children.

Category Type: Honors and Awards

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