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Pennsylvania Dental Association Announces Winners of Annual Statewide Third-Grade Student Poster Contest

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Third-grader Hannah Hulton of Octorara Elementary in Chester County will be presented a $500 prize for winning first place in the Pennsylvania Dental Association's (PDA) 2014 National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) statewide poster contest.

Hannah's colorful poster shared a slogan that simply encourages taking control of your oral health: "Be the Boss, Brush and Floss." Below the message was a happy tooth being hugged by a string of floss administered by a human-like floss dispenser and a toothbrush with toothbrush arms and legs. Hannah will be presented with her framed winning poster and $500 prize by a PDA member dentist at an upcoming school awards assembly.  Octorara Elementary and Hannah's teacher, Miss Jenny Lasak, also will receive $250 each for participating in PDA's contest.

Christine Robinson has been the certified school dental hygienist at Octorara Area School District for over 20 years and has presented and participated in the NCDHM program since its inception. She has enjoyed this contest because of the creativity and learning experience that it provides for the students.

"The enthusiasm of the third-grade students developing their own dental health poster creates a memory that lasts for many years. Some of the high school students in the district still joyfully recall the posters they made in third grade," Robinson said.

Second place winner Tucker Carrigan, a third-grade student from Linglestown Elementary in Dauphin County, created a poster that demonstrated the importance of keeping a healthy smile. Tucker included the message: "Brushing two minutes, twice daily, you can't go wrong—to keep your teeth healthy and strong!" and illustrated teeth engaging in physical activities that would improve their health and strength. Tucker will receive a $250 prize.

Depicting the oral health battle between good and bad, our third place poster was created by third-grader Olivia Blight of Solomon Plains Elementary in Luzerne County. In her poster, Olivia shows two teeth kingdoms: healthy and decaying. The healthy teeth are fighting the decaying teeth with a toothpaste cannon. The message is simple: "Protect Your Teeth."  Olivia will receive a $100 prize.

The following students were among the Top 10 entries and will receive an Honorable Mention:

  • Ava Gower - Age 9, Colonel John Siegfried Elementary, Northampton
  • Shayla Dailey - Age 8, Lingelstown Elementary, Harrisburg
  • Tyler Kauffman - Age 9, Colonel John Siegfried Elementary, Northampton
  • Sam Lightner - Age 9, Dillsburg Elementary, Dillsburg
  • Grace Marshall - Age 8, Kistler Elementary, Wilkes-Barre
  • Hugh Salva - Age 9, St. Michael the Archangel School, Coopersburg
  • Jay Youn - Age 8, Solomon Plains Elementary, Plains

The winning posters were selected from more than 150 clever, well-designed entries submitted to the PDA Central Office for judging. The contest was open to third-grade students in any Pennsylvania public, private or charter school. More than 1,500 schools were contacted for participation.

Visit PDA's website at www.padental.org to learn more about NCDHM and other dental health topics.

About the Pennsylvania Dental Association
Founded in 1868, the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) is comprised of approximately 6,000 member dentists. It is a constituency of the American Dental Association (ADA), the largest and oldest national dental society in the world. PDA's mission is to improve the public health, promote the art and science of dentistry and represent the interests of its member dentists and their patients. PDA is the voice of dentistry in Pennsylvania. For more information on PDA, visit our website at www.padental.org.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Dental Association

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