HARRISBURG, Pa., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A $500 prize will be awarded to Mason Gray, a third-grade student at Linglestown Elementary in Dauphin County, for winning first place in the Pennsylvania Dental Association's (PDA) 2013 National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) statewide poster contest.
With a shiny white tooth proudly positioned between a red-caped tooth brush and toothpaste, his superhero themed "Fighting Every Day to Defeat Tooth Decay" poster delivers a powerful message encouraging good oral health. Mason will be presented with his framed winning poster by a PDA member dentist, at an upcoming school awards assembly. Linglestown Elementary and Mason's teacher, Mrs. Sherri Fetterhuff will also receive $250 each for participating in PDA's contest.
Second-place winner, Ellie Matson, a third-grade student of Kathryn D. Markley Elementary in Chester County, colorfully depicted her poster with the "5 Steps to a Winning Smile." Ellie numbered and illustrated the five steps—brush, floss, rinse, checkups and healthy foods—below a gold medal necklace displaying "#1" and a bright, white tooth on the medallion. Ellie will receive a $250 prize.
"Shoot for 2: Brush for 2 Minutes 2 Times a Day" was the theme of third-place winner, Savannah Lorenc's poster. She drew a soccer player kicking a ball into a detailed soccer goal, uniquely equipped with tooth netting, toothbrush posts and a toothpaste crossbar. Savannah, a third-grader at Sheridan Terrace Elementary in Westmoreland County, will receive a $100 prize.The following students were among the Top 10 finalists and will receive an Honorable Mention:
- Khryztelle Alferez, Age 9, Notre Dame Elementary, East Stroudsburg
- James Bartolucci, Age 8, Holy Family School, Nazareth
- Carley Fisher, Age 8, Resica Elementary, East Stroudsburg
- Christian Maccarrone, Age 9, JM Hill Elementary, East Stroudsburg
- Maison Smith, Age 9, Mountain View Elementary, Harrisburg
- Lucas Robbins, age 8, Elk Lake Elementary, Dimock
- Olivia Williams, Age 8, Canton Elementary, Canton