|March 20, 1996|
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
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Milwaukee, WI 53202-3889
Contact: Linda Bleimehl
NEW ORLEANS, LA--The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) announced at its 52nd Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the winners from its 1996 How I Live With Managed Asthma Poster Contest. The contest, open to students ages 5-17, was an effort to promote the successful management of asthma.
THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ALLERGY ASTHMA & IMMUNOLOGY ANNOUNCES ITS POSTER CONTEST WINNERS
There were three age categories in the competition: 5-9, 10-13 and 14-17. Each contest winner has asthma and their posters depict how they successfully manage the disease in their everyday lives. Educational scholarships of $1,000 and $500 were awarded to first and second place winners respectively. Third place winners received a ribbon.
This year the AAAAI teamed up with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) to promote the contest, and almost 900 children entered. There were nine winners; three from each age group. The winning posters are being displayed at the 52nd AAAAI conference in New Orleans, and at the NASN meeting from June 27-30 in Washington, D.C.
The contest was co-sponsored by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the National Association of School Nurses. It was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Glaxo Wellcome, Inc.
- In the 5-9 year-old age group, nine-year-old Alyssa V. Harris, from King's Park, NY won first place. Second place was awarded to eight-year-old Teresa E. Kargul from Ypsilanti, MI and third place went to seven-year-old Peter Bird, from Cooperstown, NY.
- In the 10-13 year-old age group, eleven-year-old Lynn C. Hsu, from Columbus, OH placed first, twelve-year-old Winfred Hawkins, from Montgomery, AL placed second and eleven-year-old Suzanne R. Lipkin, from Philadelphia, PA placed third.
- In age group 14-17, 15-year-old Mark Ballard, from Reseda, CA was awarded first place, 15-year-old Grace Tsai, from El Dorado Hills, CA won second, and Nicole A. Koller, from Reading, PA placed third.
The AAAAI is the largest national medical organization representing allergists, clinical immunologists, and allied health professionals. Established in 1943, the Academy has more than 5,000 members in the United States, Canada and 41 other countries.
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