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WSDA Wins ADA Golden Apple Awards

For 25 years, the ADA has recognized leaders, members and staff who have contributed to society success by bestowing their prestigious Golden Apple Award. This year, the WSDA has won two of the accolades — and one of its members, Dr. Michael Huey (in concert with the Kitsap County Dental Society) — has won the coveted honor for the third year in a row. Newly elected WSDA President Dr. David Minahan said, ""We couldn't be more proud of Dr. Mike Huey, the Kitsap County Dental Society, and WSDA for their recent ADA Golden Apple Awards. We believe that Washington state continually presents cutting-edge ideas that constituent associations across the country can utilize and benefit from, and it's fantastic to have the recognition from the ADA. We're especially pleased for Dr. Huey, who has taken the award three years running — it's impressive to win once, let alone three times!"

WSDA was awarded two of the golden trophies — one for The Source, our members-only business resource site — for Excellence in Member-related Services/Benefits. "We've been fortunate that our members and their staff embraced The Source from the start — using it as one of their primary business resources on the web," said Kainoa Trotter, WSDA's Vice President of Communications. The second Golden Apple was awarded for  "WSDA Advocates for Stronger Dental Safety Net" in the category of Legislative Achievement. Vice President of Government Affairs Bracken Killpack said, "I’m proud that the ADA recognized our dental leaders and grassroots advocates for working to improve the dental safety net and navigating complex policy issues. The rest of the dental community often looks to Washington for our innovative strategies and ideas."

Huey, former president of the Kitsap County component, won the Golden Apple for the category of Excellence in Science Fair Program Support and Promotion for his continued work in organizing and promoting the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair. He has been one of the driving forces in the promotion of the fair for years, which awards more than $1 million each year. The event is open to all students in grades 1-12. Last year, more than 500 students from 19 counties in Washington participated in the annual event. In past years, students from Washington State have been featured in Popular Science, and have been recognized by Broadcom Masters, NASA, and at ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair). 


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