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'Fight the Bite' Poster Contest Honors 28 Students in 17 States
Date:5/21/2009

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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State Winners


       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


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