Area High School Students Win Scholarships and Prizes in USciences Healthy Lifestyles Social Media Contest

Written by Brian Kirschner
Published on March 14, 2016

Scholarships and cash prizes were up for grabs when the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business program at University of the Sciences’ Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy held its sixth annual Healthy Lifestyles Social Media contest on February 27, 2016.

group presentationWinners from Moorestown Friends, Monmouth County Academy of Allied Health & Science, and Downingtown STEM Academy were chosen from among 23 students representing six area schools.

 

Students were asked to be creative and think outgroup discussionof the box in persuading someone to live a healthy lifestyle. They were judged on creativity and/or originality; understanding the target audience; social media strategy; presentation skills; and social media campaign materials including relevance/applicability, artistic merit, mastery of the media, and production skills.

  • First place, a $2,000 cash, and a $5,000 scholarship (scholarship for academically qualified students who enroll in the USciences Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business Program):

    • Jahdiel Brown, a senior at Moorestown Friends, who won for “Chop to It.” She recommended that chopping foods and using knives safely leads to more healthy food choices. She created a web page and used Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter apps to communicate her idea.

  • Second place and a $1,000 cash prize:

    • Anitha Kunnath and Amy Stringer, seniors at Monmouth County Academy of Allied Health & Science, who won for “Team Dream.” They focused on the need for sleep for children 6 to 13 years of age. They used a novel idea of drawing and animation as part of tutorial YouTube videos for children. They also demonstrated other supporting social media applications.

  • Third place and a $500 cash prize:

    • Hannah Everett and Philip Tokar, juniors at Downingtown STEM Academy, won for “Act Like A Kid.” The team recommended that if adults had more child-like activities and behaviors, they would experience increased creativity and decreased stress levels. This team also used a multi-level social media platform to support their concept.

presenter“Each year the presentations become more sophisticated and creative,” said Richard Minoff, Associate Professor and Director of the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Undergraduate Business Program. “The students take such creative approaches to encouraging individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles for eating better, losing weight, limiting alcohol consumption, smoking caseation, and more.” 

High school sophomores, juniors or seniors could participate as individuals or in teams of up to three people. Student presentations took the form of a PowerPoint presentation that incorporated videos, photo galleries, and other tools that take advantage of social media platforms. They targeted specific audiences that could include peers, young adults, parents, grandparents, etc.

The Healthy Lifestyles Social Media contest was sponsored by The Art of Medicine, a compounding pharmacy owned by alumnus Jack Korbutov, RPh, PharmD and the ShopRite Corporation.

To learn more, click here.

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Left to right: Associate Professor Greg Lucado, Assistant Professor Dr. Robert Votta, Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Healthcare and Business Dr. Patricia Audet, Jahdiel Brown, Associate Professor Richard Minoff, Assistant Professor Brian Colfer, Interim President Dr. Kathleen R. Mayes.

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Left to right: Associate Professor Greg Lucado, Assistant Professor Dr. Robert Votta, Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Healthcare and Business Dr. Patricia Audet, second place finishers Anitha Kunnath and Amy stringer , Associate Professor Richard Minoff, Assistant Professor Brian Colfer, Interim President Dr. Kathleen R. Mayes.

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Left to right: Associate Professor Greg Lucado, Assistant Professor Dr. Robert Votta, Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Healthcare and Business Dr. Patricia Audet, third place finishers Hannah Everett and Philip Tokar, Associate Professor Richard Minoff, Assistant Professor Brian Colfer, Interim President Dr. Kathleen R. Mayes.


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