ATLANTA, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- This year 28 students in 17 states have won awards in the "Fight the Bite" poster contest, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the DEET Education Program. Started in 2007, the contest invites fifth- and sixth-grade students to create posters that encourage children and adults to protect against mosquito and tick bites and the diseases they can cause. Downloadable files of the winning posters are at www.fightthebitecontest.org.
Richard Schleicher, 12, of Stockton, Kan., won the national sixth-grade Grand Prize, and Meghan Zenger, 11, of Springfield, Mo., won the national fifth-grade Grand Prize. Both were honored today during a ceremony at CDC's Atlanta headquarters.
Richard and Meghan received $1,000 U.S. Savings Bonds and certificates. All 28 state winners--14 each in fifth grade and sixth (listed below)--will receive a $50 savings bond and certificate. Richard attends Stockton Grade School, which also has the state award winner.
Meghan attends Springfield's Disney Elementary School, which last year also produced the fifth-grade national winner. Last year the state's fifth-grade state winner also came from that school.
Consumers can find information about diseases from mosquito and tick bites, repellent use and other prevention strategies at www.cdc.gov/westnile and www.cdc.gov/lyme. Available domestically since 1957, DEET is the world's most widely used insect repellents. The CDC and other authorities, as well as public-health and health-care professionals, have long recommended DEET. The American Academy of Pediatrics says repellents with up to 30 percent DEET can be used on children over two months of age.
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Grade Name Hometown School CA 5 Alliza Wade Palmdale Tamarisk Elementary CA 6 Jordyn Crawford Lodi Leroy Nichols Elementary FL 5 Timmy Rich DeBary Homeschool FL 6 Victoria Havekost Jacksonville Fruit Cove Middle School IL 5 Kennedy Dalton Rock Falls East Coloma School KS 5 Nic Luttman Ozawkie Jeff West KS 6 Anna Hahn Stockton Stockton Grade School MD 5 Grant Bowers Sparks Sparks MD 6 Hunter Holland Westover Somerset Intermediate School MN 5 Alexis Olson East Bethel Linwood Elementary MN 6 Connor Gunsbury Nisswa Forestview Middle School MO 5 Amber Eisterhold Linn Sacred Heart School MO 6 Nicole Smart Cabool Cabool Middle School MS 5 Nathan Smith Starkville Ward-Stewart Elementary MS 6 Raven Brent Brookhaven Lipsey School NC 5 Robert Williams Holly Springs Home schooled NC 6 Sabrina Carraway Newport Beaufort Middle School ND 5 Madison Schwindt Dickinson Heart River School ND 6 Alexis Edwards Powers Lake Powers Lake School NH 5 Jamie Sharpe Sommersworth Somersworth Middle School NH 6 Rebecca Turmel Alexandria Newfound Memorial Middle School NJ 6 Alexis Collins Hackensack Hackensack 5-6 OH 6 Barbara Troyer Millersburg Wise Middle School SD 6 Alexa Bryan Yankton Yankton Middle School TX 5 Kelsey Chapman Granbury Brawner Intermediate TX 6 Shayna Underwood New Braunfels Oak Run Middle School WA 5 Sophie Wilsdon Seattle West Wood Elementary WI 5 Ashley Tabbert Medford Medford Area Middle School
|SOURCE DEET Education Program|
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