Last month, students from St. Petersburg College‘s AS Dental Hygiene program had the opportunity to attend the Florida Dental Hygienists’ Association Symposium in Orlando. This annual meeting is for all registered dental hygienists and dental hygiene educators in Florida and student members as well. Over three days, the symposium hosts many continuing education courses and presentations. These presentations are by nationally recognized experts in the dental health profession. Participants all attend a large vendor marketplace, where new and established products and services are available to see and demonstrate.
As part of the student activities, a National Board Examination simulation is offered to sophomore students as a low cost in order to prepare them for their upcoming National Board Examinations in the spring. SPC Sophomore Allison Wilson said it was very helpful.
“Being able to participate in a mock board certainly helped me with gauging what I need to focus on for boards,” she said.
Students held elections and installations for the upcoming year’s Florida component of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association officers. St. Petersburg College’s own Staci Carver-Smith was elected President! This will be the third year in a row that an SPC student has held this prestigious office- GO TITANS!
When asked about her new role as the FSADHA President, Smith outlined her goals.
“I hope to expand my personal knowledge on how this organization operates, motivate my peers to become more involved, enhance the awareness on the importance of oral care and be another voice to speak out towards the advancement of this profession,” Smith said.
Smith also served as a student delegate this year, which allowed her to sit in the House of Delegate Sessions. She was a passive participant observing the passing of new policies and amending of current policies and bylaws that govern the Florida Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Saturday’s Student Day was a fun, interactive and educational conversation with fellow students from around the state on important topics in dental hygiene relevant to their future profession. The keynote speaker, Mr. Harge, began the session with an inspiring message about education being the key to mental, spiritual, emotional, financial and physical freedom. Other special speakers, games, prize giveaways and networking rounded out the day. Past graduates and FSADHA Officers Chante Miller and Jessica Albury were there all day to support SPC students.
Almost the entire freshmen Class of 2021 and a third of the sophomore Class of 2020 were active throughout the day. The evening reception for Student Day ended with SPC winning the 50/50 raffle with over $400 in tickets sold. These proceeds help support FSADHA and our college student club chapter. SPC rocked!