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Oklahoma Students Win Be Smart-Don't Start! Contest
Date:5/15/2008

Fifth-year awareness program encourages children, adults to be tobacco free

TULSA, Okla., May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jared McNally, a third grader at Anderson Elementary in Sand Springs, Okla., and Magethsi Soria, a fifth grader at Rancho Village Elementary in Oklahoma City, each will produce their own 30-second TV public service announcements (PSAs) about the dangers of tobacco use. McNally and Soria's drawings and narratives were chosen from more than 2,200 entries across the state in the Be Smart-Don't Start! tobacco storyboard contest for students, grades kindergarten through fifth. McNally and Soria, eastern and central/western Oklahoma grand prize winners respectively, will have their PSAs shown on television throughout the summer to teach their peers why they shouldn't smoke. The PSAs will feature animated versions of the children's artwork and their own voices reading their narratives. Winning entries can be viewed online at http://www.bcbsok.com.

The program is co-sponsored by the American Lung Association of Central States Serving Oklahoma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Cox Communications, the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Eighteen more students were chosen as winners in their divisions:

Eastern Oklahoma Winners:

K - 1st Grade Category

1st Place Aubrey Brown Maryetta Elementary, Stilwell

2nd Place Stone Daniels Liberty Elementary, Sallisaw

3rd Place Kolbe Booker Home schooled, Muskogee

2nd - 3rd Grade Category

1st Place Plizia Bishop Maryetta Elementary, Stilwell

2nd Place Giovanni Jaquez Madill Elementary, Madill

3rd Place Nicole Murphy Vian Elementary, Vian

4th - 5th Grade Category

1st Place Molli Provine Jenks Southeast Elementary, Tulsa


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SOURCE Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
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