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Honokaa High School students get career advice from dental office staff

<p>Penny Alvarez, dental assistant, give career advice in the dental field to Honokaa High School student during a presentation at the school on Sept. 15. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HHS)</p>

Penny Alvarez, dental assistant, give career advice in the dental field to Honokaa High School student during a presentation at the school on Sept. 15. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HHS)

On Sept. 15, Honokaa High School Health Services classes participated in a presentation given by Penny Alvaraz and Deanna Demello about their careers in dentistry. Both presenters work for Dr. Scott Nakahara, a Honokaa dentist. Alvaraz is a dental assistant and Demello is the front office manager. They provided information about the primary duties and responsibilities of each job and went over the skills needed for the different jobs in the dental field.

The classes enjoyed their company and the stories they told of their experiences. Students found it interesting that crowns could be made by hand, and also found it very humorous when Alvarez said that she gets bitten all the time. Great advice was given by Mrs. Demello who said, “Having an education does not necessarily mean you start from the top, it will just make it easier for you.”

For more information about the Health Services program at HHS contact teacher Marie Ho at marie_ho@notes.k12.hi.us or HHS Career Tech Education Coordinator Manuel Jadulang at manuel_jadulang@notes.k12.hi.us.