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April 11, 2008
CONTACT: Pamela Young
pamela.young@emich.edu 734.487.4400

Students win $40,000 in prizes in EMU's Education First essay contest

YPSILANTI Dion Dargin of Detroit, Angela Palaian of Farmington Hills and Angela Arnold of Waterford will have the chance to get close up and personal with the Detroit Pistons at tonight’s home game against the Washington Wizards.

Each will be recognized during halftime as the grand prize winners of the “Education First Merit Scholarship Essay,” sponsored by Eastern Michigan University, the Detroit Pistons, The Ann Arbor News and MLive.com. Each will receive $7,500 in tuition credits to attend EMU. The essay topic was, “How have you made Education First in your life?”

Dargin’s essay was named Best of Show. He’ll also be presented with a framed autographed Pistons jersey and a tour of The Palace and Pistons locker room. He is a senior at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.

Palaian is a transfer student from Adrian College, and Arnold is a junior at Waterford Mott High School.           

The three winners will be announced on emich.edu, pistons.com and at the April 11 Detroit Pistons home game. They’ll also attend the game where their names will flash in lights on The Palace of Auburn Hills arena LED screen and scoreboard.

Fifteen other students won $1,000 housing grants. They are: Lauren Bondy of Plymouth; Amaris Evans of Belleville; Bethany Lobur of Ferndale; Samaria Lobur of Ferndale; Monica Wade of Beavercreek, Ohio; Nic Caven of Brighton; Stephen Cook of Novi; Kaitlyn Hill of Milan; Victoria Huss of Lenox Township; Maria Pittman of Newaygo; Joseph Biggerstaff of Grand Rapids; Nicole Goodling of Walled Lake; Brittney Nolan of Curtice, Ohio; James Taranta of Elyria, Ohio; and Nina Vekima of Belleville.

More than 190 high school juniors and seniors, and transfer students participated in the essay contest while attending EMU’s Explore Eastern open house April 5.


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