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AMERIGROUP Foundation Announces Winners of 'Word About Health' Contest

Students from Toms River Win Prizes in Annual Essay Contest

TOMS RIVER, N.J., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The AMERIGROUP Foundation today announced the winners of the annual "WORD About Health" Contest during a special luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Toms River, N.J. The contest challenged students enrolled in Toms River intermediate schools to submit essays, poems or rap lyrics that best communicate their understanding of nutrition and drug-free living. Over 1,900 students submitted an entry in this year's contest.

A total of seven winners were announced, and prizes for the top essays included an 80-Gigabyte iPod for the grand prize, a 4-Gigabyte iPod Nano for second place and a 1-Gigabytes iPod Shuffle for third place. This year's WORD About Health winners are:

Grand Prize: Alexa Tanzi, grade 7, Toms River Intermediate North

2nd Place: Kristina Malmstrom, grade 7, Toms River Intermediate North

Griphin Fletcher, grade 6, Toms River Intermediate South

Nicholas Ashkenis, grade 7, Toms River Intermediate East

3rd Place: Jacob Kupferberg, grade 7, Toms River Intermediate North

Kayla Harney, grade 8, Toms River Intermediate South

Brittany Duerr, grade 8, Toms River Intermediate East

"These students understand the importance of healthy living and it showed in their entries," said Adam Mintz, AMERIGROUP Community Care Vice President, Sales and Marketing - Multi Plan. "This contest is a great way to spread the word about good nutrition and drug-free living; plus it encourages the participants to express themselves in writing, which is always a positive exercise for middle school students."

This year's entries were evaluated by a panel of community judges including: Robin Aniboli (Ocean Health Initiatives); Kathy Gonzalez (Arc of Ocean); Diana Mejia (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health) and Catherine Werner (St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church).

The AMERIGROUP Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AMERIGROUP Corporation, a multi-state managed healthcare company based in Virginia Beach, Va. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to healthcare, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods. For more information about the AMERIGROUP Foundation, visit


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