HOSA E-Magazine - page 7

The Young Oral Health Leadership Award is provided to exceptional
young adults who have showcased their talents to help promote
oral health to the people of their community. On June 3. 2015, it
was announced that Ashe County High School HOSA member
and 2015-2016 Chapter Historian,
Anna Corley
had received this
award. Anna also received a $300 college scholarship and a letter
of recommendation from the America’s ToothFairy Project. Anna
completed this community service project by creating a dental
health plan to help teach all 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders at two local
elementary schools how to properly brush and floss their teeth. Anna
shared her experiences during the project completion process and
her thoughts about this award.
America’s ToothFairy was founded in 2006 as a non-profit
organization to promote oral health education and care to children
throughout North America. In 2014, 1.9 million received oral health
services from partnerships and programs provided by America’s
Toothfairy. According to America’s ToothFairy, tooth decay is the
number one chronic childhood illness in America and 17 million
children lack access to quality dental care.
Do you have any future plans for HOSA?
To offer more learning opportunities, instead of just helping out. To go more out there in the community.
What are your future plans in health care?
I want to be an orthodontist.
What do you plan to do with the scholarship?
Either take AP courses here at the high school or just save it for college.
Any colleges in mind?
I want to go to UNC Chapel Hill.
What did you have to do?
I created a project to speak to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders at Mountain View and Westwood
Elementary Schools about taking care of their teeth and the good things about taking care of your teeth
and the bad things when you don’t take care of your teeth. Also, the presentation included the proper
way to brush.
Who encouraged you to do this?
Olivia Jenkins, my health science teacher and HOSA chapter advisor brought it up to me. After I read
about it, I approached her. She definitely wanted me to do it.
Were you nervous about this?
I am not a good public speaker at all.
Has this experience opened up more opportunities?
Talking to all of the administrators just to set it up was new for me. That’s going to help me a lot.
Everything helps in life.
North Carolina
Anna Corley pictured with Precious
the dog when HOSA volunteered at the
Ashe County Humane Society.
Anna Corley
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