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For Immediate Release
June 4, 2014

Dental Hygiene Student Selected as National Delegate


For the second consecutive year, a Moreno Valley College dental hygiene student has been selected as national delegate to Annual American Dental Hygienists' Associations (ADHA) National Convention in Las Vegas, June 18-24.

Dental Hygiene Student

Carmen Wolfe, a graduate of Elsinore High School, will be one of 24 students nationwide to serve as a student delegate at the convention.

According to Program Director Donna Lesser, the competition to become a student delegate is competitive. Candidates had to submit a 250-word essay describing what qualities a student member must possess to be a district student delegate for ADHA.

"This is a highly competitive process that includes first year students from all the dental hygiene programs in California and Arizona," Lesser said. "Carmen is a very positive individual who is very passionate about her newly chosen profession of dental hygiene. This position will provide her the opportunity to learn more about her professional organization (ADHA), meet dental hygienists from across the United States, and to come back to the program more motivated to ignite a change in the oral health of the patients she treats."

Last year, Katie Silke, a graduate of Santiago High School in Corona who is in her second year of the MVC program, served as delegate for the district, comprising Arizona and California. Wolfe said Silke's experience inspired her to pursue a position in the national delegation. She is anxious to get a full understanding how the House of Delegates runs.

"Katie had nothing but a great experience," said Wolfe, 26. "She spoke so highly of it and I thought it would be a great opportunity for myself. I was motivated to learn this side of hygiene because I was knowledgeable of the clinical aspects."

Wolfe, who holds two AA degrees from Mt. San Jacinto in Social and Behavioral and Sciences, received her certificate in Registered Dental Assisting in 2009 from Palomar College.

"It will be interesting to meet other students from other states and see what other districts' concerns are from the ADHA. California is considered the powerhouse of dental hygiene and I am proud to represent the state."