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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 school's newspaper.

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 even status.

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 department $1,000.

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


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