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Feb. 13 , 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU students gets taste of success with photos on Jones Soda Co. bottles

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University student Leena Karsan is getting a taste of success and the flavor is strawberry lime and bohemian raspberry.

            Karsan, a junior from Grand Blanc, recently found out that two of her photos are appearing on the labels of bottles of Jones Soda.

            “I never thought it would happen. I did it for fun,” said Karsan, a communications major who has never taken a photography class. “I submitted them last summer and forgot about it. Then my mom handed me an envelope from Jones at Christmas.”

             The letter inside let Karsan know that she had had two pictures selected from the popular label contest. She submitted 16 pictures.

            “They had said that they only accept about 1 percent of the photos that are submitted,” said Karsan.

            Currently there are more than 440,000 photos online at www.jonessoda.com waiting to be chosen to be labels.

            Karsan’s winning entries were a photo of a flower that she took on a family vacation to Niagara Falls and one of EMU student Tromondae Feaster, who didn’t want his photo taken and tried to block the camera.

            As for fame and fortune, Karsan doesn’t get any money or free pop for her photos,  “but my name is on the label,” she said.

            Aside from her hobby of photography, Karsan is actively involved on campus. She is a member of the honors college at EMU and is actively involved with orientation, the First-Year Mentor Program and will spend her spring break at the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma helping Head Start students.

            Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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