Congressman Johnson celebrates Dental Quiz Bowl Winners
On March 1, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) joined health officials, teachers and parents from across DeKalb County to honor talented elementary school students who competed in the 14th Annual Dental Quiz Bowl Competition.
Hosted at the DeKalb County Board of Health’s Winn Way office, the competition was a day full of celebrating the importance of oral health with giveaways for all students who competed and additional grab bags, awards and medals for the winners.
Congressman Johnson served as the keynote speaker of the program.
“Early in my tenure as a Congressman, there was a terrible story in Washington where a boy who had a dental infection would later suffer from that infection ravishing his body and it was all because he and his family did not have the knowledge of how important dental care is; and they didn’t have the ability to access the care,” said Johnson who was first elected to Congress in 2005. “Oral health is definitely important and the work that DeKalb County is doing for our children is truly critical for their well-being.”
Other guest speakers included DeKalb County School District Lead Nurse Jo Ann Harris, C.H.A.P.S. (Community Health and Prevention Services Director), Dr. Leslie J. Richmond, and DeKalb County Board of Health Services Manager, Dr. Dwayne Turner.
This year’s first-place winner was Issahaku Alhassan of Jolly Elementary School. Second place went to Skylar Chisolm of Barack H. Obama Elementary School and third place went to Augusto Gonzalez of Hightower Elementary School.
Some of the questions the students answered in their quest for the gold medal were: How often should you change your toothbrush? How many premolars are in a primary dentition? And How do you remove plaque from between the teeth?
“Today is all about our youth. I look forward to continuing to celebrate these young people and I applaud DeKalb County for exposing them to the importance of dental hygiene and healthcare,” said Johnson. “Perhaps these young people will choose to enter the profession. There is nothing better than having a profession where you enjoy your work, you help others, and create value in our society.”
Congressman Johnson also presented awards to the winners and talked with students and teachers at the end of the program about school and other topics.