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Harlingen Family Dentistry hosted its 10th annual values-based Scholarship Competition. Students were acknowledged and awarded for their community projects that incorporated The Way to Happiness precepts and JROTC Core Values.

Students are required to present a portfolio summation of results achieved in their implementing of “the Way to Happiness” precepts and the JROTC core Values. In addition, each student presents an oral and visual presentation to the judges with project documentation.

Schools from across the Rio Grande Valley participated in the contest. The three winners will share $6,000 in scholarships when they register in an institution of higher learning of their choice. Follow-up Award winners include:

Daniel Mora, Edinburg North High School, LTC James Troia, Instructor, High School, CPT Raul, David Garate, Rio Hondo High School, , Col. Clifford Moriarity, Instructor, Ezelina Lopez, Harlingen High School, MSG Tony Gonzalez, Instructor, Diana Munoz, Weslaco High School, SFC Mario Gonzales, Instructor, Luisa Gomez, Weslaco High School, SFC Mario Gonzales, Instructor, Julyssa Balderas, Harlingen High School South, Major Pedro Gonzalez, Instructor, Kimberly Valdez, Harlingen High School South, Major Pedro Gonzalez, Instructor, Miguel Pedraza, Los Fresnos High School, Major David Arjona, Instructor, Jose A. Jimenez, San Benito High School, Captain Nels Swanson, Instructor, Daniel de la Cruz, Porter High School, SSG Marvin Williams, Instructor, Jose Cisneros, Porter High School,1st SGT Marvin Williams, Instructor.

The 2017 First Place Winner, $3,000.00 scholarship award: Ezelina Lopez, Harlingen High School, MSG Tony Gonzales, Instructor. Ezelina’s project was focused on child abuse. Statistics were given and the story of how Maggie’s House came to be. Ezelina organized her Harlingen High School JROTC cadets beautiful Maggie’s House to make it more presentable for abused victims.

The Second Place Winner, $2,000.00 scholarship award: David Garate, Rio Hondo High School, LTC Clifford Moriarty, Instructor, selected as his project the Rio Hondo blood Drive. It was the first time in five years a successful blood drive had been conducted. Around 84 pints of blood was collected which has the potential to save over 240 human beings. He applied the Air force JROTC Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in all That We Do. The Way to Happiness Daniel applied are Take Care of yourself, Fulfill Your Obligations and Set a Good Example.

Third Place winner, Daniel de la Cruz, Porter High School, SFC Marvin Williams, Daniel de la Cruz won the $1,000.00 third place award for his Can Food Drive involving the Porter High School students and the JROTC students. They collected more than 200 food cans and water packs for those in need in the community.

The 2017 judges are LTG Ricardo S. Sanchez, Retired, CEO- Optech Enterprise Solutions, San Antonio, Lead Judge, 1SGT Muhammad Ali Cerda, Darrell Hester Juvenile Justice Center, Lisa Seiser, Editor Valley Morning Star, Derick Garcia, KVEO Reporter, Kathy Preddy, United Way of Northern Cameron County Resource Dev. Dir., Doyle Clark, Accountant & Rotarian and Susan Francis, DAR State Corresponding Secretary, Past Regent LT Barlow DAR Chapter, attorney.
Timekeeper, John Hollingsworth, Rotarian

Janie Solis, Tabulator, RGV Credit Union Manager

Portfolio judges: Judy Emsley, Retired Harlingen High School South Facilitator

Marsha Gramley, retired Rodriguez Middle School Principal

Competition Director, Gail Thomason

David Garate Presented the Harlingen Family Dentistry JROTC Way to Happiness Scholarship Award

Friday May 19, 2017, Gail Thomason, community Outreach Director for Harlingen Family Dentistry presented David Garate the 2nd place scholarship award of $2,000.00, for the University of his Choice at the Rio Hondo Air Force JROTC Awards ceremony.
David was commended for the blood drive he spearheaded. David and his team had 84 pints of blood donated on campus that has the potential of David over 240 lives

Harlingen Family Dentistry Presents Careers in the Dental Field at Bonham Elementary School

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Students at Bonham Elementary School learned the value of dentistry to total overall health, Thursday, May 18, 2017.  Each area of dentistry was explained including the dental specialties and the amount of education it takes to achieve those specialties.
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The students came on rotating cycles and eventually we spoke to all the grades.  The students were very well behaved and exhibited great manners.  We heard a lot of “thank you’s”.  Hat’s off to the teachers and staff at Bonham Elementary for coordinating this great event for the children.

DATS: Rio Grande Valley Dental Assistant Training School
Graduation 2017

Family and friends joined the DATS graduates at their commencement ceremony held at Harlingen Family Dentistry, May 11, 2017. Cheryl Dosal, DATS Coordinator, welcomed the graduates and guests. Dr. Vivian Teegardin and Dr. Juan D. Villarreal, instructors, acknowledged the graduates for their competition of the program. Dr. Juan D. Villarreal gave an overview of the recent advances in dentistry. “We are living in an exciting time for dentistry”, Dr. Villarreal commented.
Dr. Glenn Thomason delivered the commencement address. He told the graduates to get a dream, as well as the goals needed to achieve that dream. “A dream without a plan is just a wish; a dream with a plan can change the world”
A reception was held following the presentation of certificates.

Harlingen Family Dentistry, Gail Thomason, had a fun time speaking to children and their parents at the Harlingen Public Library, Wednesday, May 15, 2017.

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Cute videos were shown on how to brush and keep that sparkle in our smile. Each child had the opportunity to practice brushing on the teeth model.
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We appreciate the wonderful programs the Harlingen Public Library is offering to the community and proud to be a part.

JROTC Students Present Program at Harlingen Rotary Club

Friday, May 12, 2017, David Garate, Rio Hondo High School Air Force JROTC and Ezelina Lopez, Harlingen High School Army JROTC presented their winning projects. David placed 2nd and Ezelina placed 1st in the 10th Rio Grande Area High Schools Way to Happiness JROTC Scholarship competition sponsored by Dr. Juan D. Villarreal, Harlingen Family Dentistry.
David planned and directed a blood drive at Rio Hondo high School. David and his team collected 84 pints of blood that could save over 240 lives. They more than doubled their original targets.
Ezelina ‘s project was to beautiful Maggie’s House located in San Benito where abused mothers and children can go for counseling and help. Dr. Katherine Dittman and husband Mark lost their two year old daughter, Maggie, to abuse by the baby sitter and Maggies’s House was created. Ezelina’s team painted, cleaned, mulched and planted the yard giving Maggie’s House a fresh look.

Harlingen Family Dentistry Educates at the Harlingen CISD PK and K Registration

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Harlingen Family Dentistry provided oral health information and answered questions from the parents.  The children were presented toothbrushes and dental related coloring activity books. We wanted to impress upon the parents that a child needs to be in school to learn.  According to the US Surgeon General,   51 million school hours are lost yearly due to dental-related illness.
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Harlingen Family Dentistry is proud to present its dental educationprogram to the schools, churches, clubs and businesses to help improve the overall health of our communities.
Call Harlingen Family Dentistry if you would like to schedule a program. 956-428-5322

DATS: Rio Grande Valley Dental Assistant Training School
Graduation 2017

Family and friends joined the DATS graduates at their commencement ceremony held at Harlingen Family Dentistry, May 11, 2017. Cheryl Dosal, DATS Coordinator, welcomed the graduates and guests. Dr. Vivian Teegardin and Dr. Juan D. Villarreal, instructors, acknowledged the graduates for their competition of the program. Dr. Juan D. Villarreal gave an overview of the recent advances in dentistry. “We are living in an exciting time for dentistry”, Dr. Villarreal commented.
Dr. Glenn Thomason delivered the commencement address. He told the graduates to get a dream, as well as the goals needed to achieve that dream. “A dream without a plan is just a wish; a dream with a plan can change the world”
A reception was held following the presentation of certificates.

Ezelina Lopez and Miranda Cruz Receive Scholarships from Harlingen Family Dentistry

Friday, May 12, 2017, the Harlingen High School JROTC held its annual award program. It was absolutely great seeing all those students uniformed and polished along with perfect behavior receiving their awards.
Gail Thomason, Harlingen Family Dentistry, presented the Way to Happiness JROTC first place award to Ezelina Lopez for $3,000.00 for her child abuse program, Maggie’s House. Miranda Cruz was selected to receive the dental assisting school scholarship for a value of $2,476.00 from Harlingen Family Dentistry for her work in applying the Way to Happiness precepts along with the JROTC core values throughout her education years.
Congratulations to all including head instructor, MSG Tony Gonzales for a job very well done.

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Congratulations to Vy Mai

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Vy received Harlingen Family Dentistry’s Healthc are Field Scholarship at Harlingen High School South Scholarship Night Awards Ceremony. Vy plans on becoming either a Registered Nurse or a Registered Dental hygienist. We are proud of Vy!