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Student Contest Winners Educate Peers About the Dangers of MRSA Through Art, Video, and Essay
Date:3/16/2009

Sponsors IBC, The Health Care Improvement Foundation, and The Franklin Institute announce winners

PHILADELPHIA, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Fighting a dangerous superbug that can cause serious illness and even death is anything but child's play, but kids can do a lot to help prevent infection in their schools and community, as demonstrated by Brent Bagdon and Carly Mannon, seventh graders from Log College Middle School in Warminster, PA, and winners of the Students Fight MRSA contest announced today.

Sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, The Health Care Improvement Foundation, and The Franklin Institute, Students Fight MRSA is a grassroots effort to raise awareness about MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, among students in grades 3-12 through an online web contest. Contest entrants submitted a graphic design, essay, or video that educated other kids about MRSA and how it's contracted and prevented.

Bagdon and Mannon received the most votes from visitors to the contest website for their poster entries in the middle school, graphic/written category. They were selected from several other finalists from their school. They will receive first- and second-place cash prizes of $500 and $250, respectively. The contest judges chose finalists based on the educational value, creativity, and quality of their work, as well as its appeal to diverse audiences.

"We are impressed by how innovative these kids were in tackling a subject as weighty as MRSA," said Dr. Richard Snyder, senior vice president of Health Services for Independence Blue Cross. "The winners clearly took the time to learn about MRSA and did a terrific job presenting the material in a fun and educational way. We encourage educators and parents to download the submissions and to use them to help teach their students or children about MRSA."

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