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High schoolers score success with science fair projects on oral health

May 26, 2016

By David Burger

Young scholars: Madeleine Maloof (from left), Joseph Daniel Gresoi, judge Dr. Jae Hyun Park and Edwin Christopher Bodoni pose during the ceremony for the ADA Foundation’s Special Awards at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. Not pictured: Dr. Ann Eshenaur Spolarich.
Phoenix — Three high school students won ADA Foundation-sponsored Special Awards May 12 at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Student competitors qualify for the annual competition based on previously winning top prizes in local, regional, state or national science fairs.

The annual competition, a partnership between the Society for Science & The Public and the Intel Foundation, awards a variety of prizes, including scholarships, summer internships, equipment grants and trips to student winners in the ninth through 12th grades.

The ADA Foundation provides cash prizes totaling $3,500 for outstanding projects related to dentistry and oral health: one first-place award valued at $2,000; one second-place award valued at $1,000; and one third-place award valued at $500.

Edwin Christopher Bodoni, Joseph Daniel Gresoi and Madeleine Maloof earned the the ADA Foundation's Special Awards.

Mr. Bodoni, 15, of Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado, won first place for his project “The Effect of Bruxism on Mercury Leakage.”

Mr. Gresoi, 16, of Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, Pennsylvania, won second place for his project “Analysis of Tissue Transglutaminase as a Possible Indicator of Gluten Sensitivity in Human Saliva.”

Ms. Maloof, 16, of Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Sydney, Australia, won third place for her project “Dental Whitening and Enamel Loss.”

Dr. Jae Hyun Park, professor and chairman of the postgraduate orthodontic program, and Dr. Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, professor and director of research, both at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health at A.T. Still University, served as competition judges for the ADAF's Special Award category.

For more information on the awards, visit the website of the Science for the Society & The Public at For more information on the ADA Foundation, visit