MMC Senior Ashley Hatch Wins Outstanding Student Nurse of the Year Award

January 25, 2017

Mount Marty College (MMC) senior Ashley Hatch was recently named Mount Marty Outstanding Student Nurse of the Year for 2016-17, an award voted on by peers and faculty within the college’s Nursing Department. Hatch received the local recognition on Dec. 5 and will go on to compete for South Dakota Student Nurse of the Year at the South Dakota Nursing Student Convention, to be held in Sioux Falls on March 24 – 25, 2017.

“It is very rewarding to have received this award,” Hatch says. “There are many amazing students in my senior class, and I am honored to not only represent them but also the Mount Marty Nursing Department as a whole.”

Ashley Hatch Mount Marty College

As part of the state competition, Hatch is required to submit an essay as well as attend formal interviews, which will be completed at the convention in Sioux Falls.

“This award truly recognizes all the hard work and dedication I have put toward both my academics and extracurriculars within the nursing program,” Hatch says. “It overall showcases the love I have for my future career by allowing me to represent the very place that has made me the nurse I always wanted to become.”  

After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2017, Hatch will work at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls in the cardiopulmonary unit. She eventually plans to return to school for her Master of Education so she can become a nursing instructor.

“This represents a great addition to Ashley’s resume, a crowning achievement to her matriculation and an auspicious beginning to her career,” says Gayle Webert, RN, MSN, Assistant Professor of Nursing at MMC.   

MMC offers multiple degree and certificate options through its nursing program, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, as well as the new Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program, which will begin enrolling in May 2017. To learn more about nursing at MMC, please visit