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JOIN THE WORLD'S LONGEST STANDING OVATION ... GREATER DETROIT'S HIGH ACHIEVERS MARCH IN PARADE HONOR CORPS HUMAN FLOAT

 DETROIT, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A 1 million-person standing ovation? Parade organizers hope so.
 Michigan Thanksgiving Parade planners are hoping to produce "the world's largest standing ovation" for the more than 250 area high school students who have been selected to walk in the second annual Parade Honor Corps.
 "These students represent the best and the brightest from Greater Detroit -- young people selected to march in the parade based on their attendance and their grades," according to Michigan Thanksgiving Parade President Kirk Hendrix.
 The 1993 Parade Honor Corps will feature students from 86 high schools in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Area public and non-public high school principals were asked to nominate outstanding students to wave their school pennants in the parade. Students in this year's "human float," as it has been described, will also carry banners from all 86 participating high schools. They are being provided with jackets bearing a "Wave of the Future" logo -- this year's Honor Corps theme. The "Wave" theme and logo were designed by a group of Honor Corps alumni -- students who walked in last year's parade -- during a planning meeting held this summer.
 The Honor Corps will be the eighth of the 95 "floats" on the 2.2-mile parade route. The students will be led by a group of Detroit- area Eagle Scouts and First Class Girl Scouts. Twenty of the Honor Corps alumni who marched in last year's parade will return to join this year's honorees.
 "This annual event is a great tribute to the area's young scholars, and it's a way our company can help draw attention and praise to those students who show up for school every day and give their very best," explained Richard Whitmer, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. "The Blues are organizing the Thanksgiving Parade Honor Corps for the second straight year."
 Last year, the Honor Corps was seen across the state on a television feed produced by Detroit's WDIV-TV. This year's parade again will be shown on WDIV's statewide network and across the nation on 133 station networks which parade organizers expect will show the parade -- and 250 of Detroit's best and brightest young people -- to nearly 40 million viewers nationwide.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Martin, 313-225-8121, or Laurie Allen, 313-225-8438, both of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan/


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