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MACON, Miss. – The physical education program at Noxubee County High School received a check for $1,000 on Friday, February 15, 2013 as the Class 4A winner of the “Text to Win” Contest held during the 2012 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Gridiron Classic football championship game at Memorial Stadium in Jackson on Saturday, December 1.

With the “Text to Win” Contest, fans and supporters for each team were encouraged to get in on the rivalry by texting in during the big game. The team with the most text entries would receive $1,000 to be earmarked for its physical education program. Noxubee County also beat Greene County on the field during the 4A division game with a score of 16-6.

“We always emphasize physical fitness and wellness, but a lot of times we don’t have the funds needed for these programs,” said Dr. Hattie Thomas, Principal, Noxubee County High School. “We want to educate the whole child — and part of that means keeping him or her physically fit. We are very proud of our students and staff for winning this contest and we’re truly appreciative of the $1,000.”

“We know that student athletes and active kids will experience the benefits of regular workouts and training that extend far beyond the playing field, “ said John Sewell, Director, Corporate Communications at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. “This is why we are supporting Mississippi schools and students in establishing healthy habits today, as a key part of ensuring healthy future generations.”

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi was the title sponsor for the 2012 MHSAA Football Championship and continues its support of Mississippi’s student athletes with further sponsorship of MHSAA championship events including cheer & dance, basketball, soccer, track & field, baseball, softball, tennis, and power lifting.

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