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Meet the Gold Crown Award nominees for best national ASDA editorial contribution

Each year, ASDA publishes more than 300 articles in Contour magazine and the Mouthing Off blog combined — planned, written and edited by dental students. Each piece of student-written content can be considered for a Gold Crown Award in the media category, which honors excellence in chapter publications, social media and websites, and outstanding contributions to ASDA national publications.

These are the nominees for the 2017 awards, for contributions to ASDA’s national publications. All content was judged based on the following criteria: relevance, originality, research, presentation (Contour) and online impact (Mouthing Off).

Mouthing Off

Best Blog Post

My experience with refugees
Ryan Twaddle, Marquette ’19

Don’t overdo it
Julianna Ko, San Francisco ’19

Why you should use your school’s mental health resources
Robert Huot, Minnesota ’18

The ABCs to my life
Gabriel Casias, Colorado ’20

What dental school was like 40 years ago
Adriee Wong, Detroit Mercy ’19


Best Feature Article

Timesaving habits that hurt your health
Mariangela Arata, Houston ’18

Can moonlighting during residency work for you?
Igor Lantsberg, Stony Brook ’18

How to manage your time more effectively
Riley Schaff, Michigan

Intellectual wellness: How to avoid ‘brain drain’
Caleb Hardman, Mississippi ’19

Editor’s Choice*

Delegation, technology and legality surrounding the modern impression
Lauren Brubaker, Baylor ’18

My journalism degree actually prepared me for dental school
Tom Viccaro, Rutgers ’19

Touring the globe for the perfect smile
Justine Bednarski, Ohio State ’18

Lifestyles of the ‘Venmo’ rich and famous
Ramon Tancioco, Midwestern-Arizona ’18

A walk through nature
Robert Springer, Minnesota ’19

*This category includes magazine content outside of the feature well.


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