Winners of Essay Contest to Visit Lake Placid As Part of NYNEX Win At School Program

January 31, 1996

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Winners of Essay Contest to Visit Lake Placid As Part of NYNEX Win At School Program

NEW YORK, NY -- Six junior high school students are bound for Lake Placid, NY, this weekend (Feb. 2-5) for a full slate of Olympic-style fun as a result of winning a NYNEX-sponsored essay contest.

Essays by the six students won top prizes among entries from middle schools that participated in the NYNEX Win At School Program. As part of the program, US Olympic Luge team members visited the schools last fall to talk about the rewards of hard work and dedication. Afterward, students wrote essays describing how they or someone they know overcame an obstacle to achieve something important.

Contest winners represented several areas from throughout the Northeast: Boston, New York City, Buffalo, Syracuse, Burlington, VT, and Portland, ME. In Lake Placid, the students will experience firsthand the excitement of luge, bobsled, skating, and cross-country and alpine skiing. In addition to the trips to Lake Placid for the first-place winners, NYNEX provided runners-up in each city with $200 savings bonds.

"The trip to Lake Placid reaffirms the philosophy behind our Win At School Program -- hard work leads to success," said Patricia Hennebry, NYNEX director of Marketing Communications. "These students have proven that they are winners, and NYNEX is delighted to provide them with a reward for their achievement."

Launched in 1993, the NYNEX Win At School Program brings students in public schools throughout the Northeast face-to-face with US Olympians. NYNEX received hundreds of essays in response to the contest, with topics varying from overcoming life- threatening diseases to achieving personal goals.

NYNEX is a global communications and media company that provides a full range of services in the northeastern United States and high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom, Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The Corporation is a leader in the telecommunications, wireless communications, cable television, directory publishing and entertainment and information services.

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