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Pennsylvania third-graders showcase their skills in NCDHM poster contest

April 21, 2014

Harrisburg, Pa.—About 150 third-graders from schools statewide used art supplies, creativity and their knowledge of good oral health habits to promote National Children's Dental Health Month in the Pennsylvania Dental Association's 2014 poster contest.

Third-grader Hannah Hulton of Octorara Elementary in Atglen won first place with her poster, "Be the Boss, Brush and Floss." She will receive her framed poster and $500 at an upcoming school awards assembly. Her school and her teacher will also both receive a $250 prize for participating in the contest.

Christine Robinson, the certified school dental hygienist for the Octorara Area School District for more than 20 years, has participated in the NCDHM state contest since it launched in 1987. She says the contest is fun for kids in her school district who enjoy the creativity and learning experience.

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

Other winners include second place winner Tucker Carrigan, Linglestown Elementary in Harrisburg, $250 prize; third place winner Olivia Blight, Solomon Plains Elementary in Plains, $100 prize; and honorable mention winners: Ava Gower, Colonel John Siegfried Elementary, Northampton; Shayla Dailey, Linglestown Elementary; Tyler Kauffman, Colonel John Siegfried Elementary; Sam Lightner, Dillsburg Elementary, Dillsburg; Grace Marshall, Kistler Elementary, Wilkes-Barre; Hugh Salva, St. Michael the Archangel School, Coopersburg; and Jay Youn, Solomon Plains Elementary.

The contest was open to third-grade students in any Pennsylvania public, private or charter school. For more details on the contest or on the PDA, visit