Cherokee Indian Hospital announced on Wednesday, Aug. 8 that Kristina Hyatt is the winner of their 2012 CIHA Scholarship. Hyatt is the daughter of Lavon and Gloria Hyatt and a graduate of Cherokee High School. She is enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College and has a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Asheville.
Hyatt is Miss Cherokee 2011, but she is better known to children she has worked with as the “Tooth Fairy in Training”. Gayle Guildford, manager of the Cherokee Indian Hospital Dental program will serve as Kristina’s mentor during the next year.
“Kristina’s love for children, her desire to give back to her community and make a difference in their lives and their health moved her into this field,” hospital officials stated. “Cherokee Indian Hospital is looking forward to the day when Kristina can return to us and work in the Dental Clinic. Her long term goal is to head the Children’s Dental Program.”
“The employees of Cherokee Indian Hospital would like to congratulate Kristina and wish her well this year. The Cherokee Indian Hospital Scholarship is sponsored entirely by the employees fundraising efforts.”
- Cherokee Indian Hospital