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Local student wins competition, designs new NYNEX charge card

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NEW YORK, NY -- Kevin Charles, a seventh-semester student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, has received $5,000 as the winner of the NYNEX Change Card Design Competition on the theme, "World Peace '96." Mr. Charles, 21, of Jamaica, Queens, is an advertising design major at FIT. He submitted the winning design from among more than 100 entries that were displayed at TeleCard World '95, the country's largest telephone calling card expo, held in late September in New York City. Expo attendees cast the deciding votes.

The design -- depicting a bird on a branch with the caption, "World peace for 1996" -- will appear on 15,000 NYNEX Change Cards in $5 denominations, which can be used at 1,000 special yellow pay phones throughout New York City. NYNEX Change Cards are also sold and traded as collectors' items. A thousand of the cards will include the designer's signature.

NYNEX is issuing the "World Peace '96" cards this month, and they can be ordered by calling 1-800-545-EASY (3279). "Kevin's design was selected from among the work of some of the most talented young artists in New York City," said Dave Napolitan, director - Public Communications Marketing. "NYNEX is proud and happy to be able to encourage local artists in this way."