January 24, 2012

Alpena students text2win $50,000

Alpena High School -- and more specifically its Kids and Parents United Together (KAPUT) program -- recently received a $50,000 prize from Verizon after the school received 450,000 text votes as part of the company's TXT2WIN contest.

KAPUT provides safe events and activities for teens. Although this prize isn't specifically designated for athletics, Alpena previously has been recognized for promoting school sports. The community's CHAMPS program – Community Helping Athletes Maintain Positive Sportsmanship  -- received the MHSAA's SCOPE award in 2007.

Alpena, a Class A school with roughly 1,300 students, competed against schools from 15 states.

To read more, click on this link to The Alpena News.

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Geoff Kimmerly

Geoff Kimmerly joined the Michigan High School Athletic Association in September 2011 after nearly 12 years as Prep Sports Editor at the Lansing State Journal. His work also has appeared in USA Today and newspapers across the state, and he served as a state voter for The Associated Press.

A native of Frankenmuth and graduate of Michigan State, Kimmerly serves as the MHSAA's Media & Content Coordinator. Have some good high school news to share? Help us tell the rest of the state by e-mailing your story ideas to geoff@mhsaa.com.

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