In a country where 99.7 percent of Americans,
according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, think a
good smile is important for social reasons, it's important to have
a beautiful smile.
This is why the Chicago Dental Society asked local high school
students to write about "Nonverbal communication:What does your
smile say?" for the 2009 High School Journalism Contest.
Organized by the Communications Committee, the High School
Journalism Contest annually asks students to think about some facet
of their oral health habits. Participants are required to consult
at least one dentist and write an article for publication in their
This year, students looked at how smiles affect their daily lives
and what different smiles convey to others. They were asked to
investigate how a smile can communicate verbal meaning, health and
And how can oral health improve a sense of well-being? First prize
went to Rolling Meadows High School senior Jessica Loveless for her
article, "We love to see you smile." It was published in her school
newspaper, The Pacer, Oct. 17. Ms. Loveless's article
discusses the four different types of personalities that smiles can
have. She further investigates how these different types of smiles
can affect your self-esteem. In recognition of the student's
achievement, CDS gave the Rolling Meadows High School journalism
Second prize went to senior Luke Siuty at Reavis High School in
Burbank. Mr. Suity's article "Smiles increase your face value" was
published in the December 2008 issue of The Blueprint.
Reavis High School's journalism department received $500.
Third prize went to senior Jo Anna Helm, junior Elise Sonnenberg
and sophomore Charlie Stanton of Whitney M. Young Magnet High
School in Chicago. Their article, "What does your smilesay about
you?" was published in The Beacon Nov. 19. Their high
school's journalism department received $250.
Each of the students also received certificates and gifts in
recognition of their accomplishments of promoting good oral health
in their high school newspapers.
Photo caption: Jessica Loveless
Credit: John McNulty Photography