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BIC NAMES WINNERS IN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST: 'IF I COULD CHANGE ONE THING...'

 BIC NAMES WINNERS IN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST:
 'IF I COULD CHANGE ONE THING...'
 MILFORD, Conn., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- BIC Corporation (AMEX: BIC) today announced the eight winners of its national essay contest for high school juniors and seniors.
 To enter BIC's "Getting on The Right Wavelength" contest, students completed essays that began "If I could change one thing..." The deadline was March 31, 1992 and the winners were chosen out of more than 4,700 entries from across the country.
 The Grand Prize winner is Dani Bartlett, a senior at Whitefish High School in Whitefish, Mont. She wrote: "If I could change one thing, I'd design interchangeable shoes for everyone to wear. No matter what unique style or size we'd choose for ourselves, we could all step into our neighbors' shoes and see the world from their perspective..."
 As the grand prize winner, Dani will receive a Compaq LTE/286 Laptop computer complete with WordPerfect(R) word processing software (approximate total retail value: $3,000).
 "We were very pleased with the range of thoughtful and creative essays we received," said Sharon DuPuy, BIC's group product manager for writing instruments. "Many issues of the day, and of this election year, were reflected in the students' essays."
 The most frequent topics selected by students included pollution, homelessness, religion, government, AIDS, the economy, world peace and racism.
 In addition to the grand prize, BIC will present $500 cash awards to four regional winners (U.S. regions: eastern, central, mountain and pacific) and $100 cash awards to three runner ups.
 BIC's national essay contest, previously announced on January 24th, was part of an educational kit called "Getting on the Right Wavelength" created for BIC by Lifetime Learning Systems, Inc. The kit, which was distributed nationally to approximately 12,000 high school English teachers, was designed to show students that writing can be a fun and creative way to express themselves.
 BIC Corporation is the leading U.S. manufacturer and distributor of writing instruments, which include ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils, rollers and highlighters. BIC Wavelengths(TM), introduced in 1991, is a line of 10 fun and fashionable pens and mechanical pencils imprinted with a variety of colorful designs and images.
 A complete list of winners follows:
 BIC CORPORATION
 1992 'GETTING ON THE RIGHT WAVELENGTH' ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS
 'IF I COULD CHANGE ONE THING...'
 Grand Prize Winner:
 Miss Dani Bartlett, Whitefish, Mont., (Whitefish High School)
 Prize: Laptop Computer & Software
 Essay Topic: "Interchangeable Shoes"
 Eastern Regional Winner:
 Robin Heider, Gaithersburg, Md., (Quince Orchard High School)
 Prize: $500 cash award
 Essay Topic: "One Hour To Relive"
 Central Regional Winner:
 Mai-Anh Hoang, Overland Park, Kan., (St. Teresa's Academy; Kansas
 City, Mo.)
 Prize: $500 cash award
 Essay Topic: "Relive Final Day of Childhood"
 Mountain Regional Winner:
 Gregg Gonzales, Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek High School)
 Prize: $500 cash award
 Essay Topic: "The Way People Treat The Earth"
 Pacific Regional Winner:
 Tianna M. Buckwalter, Homer, Alaska. (Community Christian School)
 Prize: $500 cash award
 Essay Topic: "Say I Will Change One Thing..."
 Three Runner Ups:
 -- Christina Schroeder, Metairie, La. (Mt. Carmel Academy; New
 Orleans, La.)
 Prize: $100 cash award
 Essay Topic: "Add A Sixth Sense"
 -- Sean O'Connell, Orange, Calif. (Santa Margarita High School;
 Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
 Prize: $100 cash award
 Essay Topic: "Show More Respect For Each Other"
 -- Caroline Beth Tuit, Santa Monica, Calif. (St. Teresa's Academy;
 Kansas City, Mo.)
 Prize: $100 cash award
 Essay Topic: "Remember Dreams And Share Them"
 -0- 6/16/92
 /CONTACT: Linda K. Kwong of BIC, 203-783-2049/ CO: BIC Corporation ST: Connecticut IN: SU:


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