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Area High School Students Win Scholarships, Prizes at USciences Healthy Lifestyles Contest

By Jenna Pizzi

Healthy Lifestyles CompetitionMore than $10,000 in scholarships and cash prizes were distributed to local high school students who showcased their ability to create effective health-conscious social media campaigns at the seventh annual Healthy Lifestyles Social Media Competition at University of the Sciences’ Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy.

Winners from Moorestown Friends School and Downingtown STEM Academy were chosen from among 17 students on Saturday March 4, 2017.

The students were asked to design social media campaigns across YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and more to communicate a specific theme that would encourage individuals to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

James ArmstrongEarning a $2,000 cash prize and a $5,000 scholarship*, James Armstrong, a junior at Downingtown STEM Academy took home first place at the competition. Armstrong won for his presentation “Adagio: A Better You,” an app for your mobile device that relieves stress and improves sleep using classical music, which maximizes productivity and facilitates a better life. 

Samantha GhazalSamantha Ghazal, a junior at Moorestown Friends School, earned a $1,000 prize and second place. Her project, “Miracle Munchies” focuses on teaching young adults about superfoods through Instagram and Facebook posts, using humor and memes to make it engaging.

Tori Edelstein and Amanda KezbariTwo seniors from Moorestown Friends School, Tori Edelstein, and Amanda Kezbari, also took home third place and $500 cash at the competition for their project “Essential Nutrients.” A way to teach HS students about essential nutrients through Instagram posts inspiring them to eat healthier meals every day.

The annual competition was open to all high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, working as both individual applicants and in teams.

The entries were judged on creativity, originality, understanding of the target audience, social media strategy, presentation skills, and social media campaign materials including relevance and applicability, artistic merit, mastery of the media, and production skills. Faculty members from the Department of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business were the competition judges. 

*The scholarship is for academically qualified students who enroll in the USciences Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business Program.


7th Annual Healthy Lifestyles Competition

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