HDA Student Chapter Takes Top Prize in 2018 Orgullo Competition


Members of the Penn Dental Medicine student chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association with their first place award from the 2018 Orgullo Competition.

Philadelphia – The Penn Dental Medicine student chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) took top prize in the 2018 Orgullo Competition, recognized for educational efforts in the area of prevention. This annual competition, sponsored by the Hispanic Dental Association and Crest Oral B, is open to student chapters nationwide.

This year’s competition, held at the Greater New York Dental Meeting in November, included seven student chapters. The competition involved producing a 2-3 minute video in the area of prevention that included the use of Crest Oral B products.

“Our prevention video focused on home oral hygiene education and highlighted the importance of family in our communities,” says third-year student Paloma Nguyen (D’20), who helped to produce the video. Fellow HDA chapter members Lilia Sanchez Cruz (D’20), Lauren Louie (D’20), Annie Herman (D’20), Diana Carvel (D’20), and Steven Ryoo (D’20) also worked on the video and competition presentation.

“This was a creative project and well deserved recognition,” says Dr. Maria Velasco, faculty advisor for the Penn Dental Medicine HDA Chapter. “The entire chapter is active in community outreach and this award will support ongoing projects in the area.”

As the winners of the competition, the chapter received a $2,500 award from Crest Oral B. View the chapter’s winning video >>