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CINCINNATI PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS HONORED IN 'IBM STUDENT PENNANT RACE'

 CINCINNATI, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM and the Cincinnati Reds in cooperation with SportsChannel will honor 700 public school students for demonstrating positive attitudes toward their school and community on Wednesday, May 26.
 The IBM Student Pennant Race recognizes seventh- and eighth-grade students, each joined by an adult guest of his or her choosing, by inviting them to a combination pep rally and picnic at the University of Cincinnati. They will be special guests of IBM and the team at a pre-game reception followed by the game between the Reds and the Atlanta Braves at Riverfront Stadium.
 The IBM Student Pennant Race is an ongoing program designed to encourage students to remain in school and to make positive contributions to their schools and their communities. Some 18,000 students in the United States and Canada have been chosen by their teachers this year -- the program's eighth season -- to become Student Pennant Race participants.
 "The IBM Student Pennant Race is a way to recognize and support positive actions and attitudes," said Bob McCormick, IBM's southwest Ohio trading area general manager. "As men and women living and doing business in this community, the people of IBM want to encourage our youngsters to succeed. This program is our way of saying 'Well done,' and letting them know that people in their community appreciate their efforts to stay in school."
 Each honoree is asked to invite an adult guest who has had a positive influence on their lives. These "mentors" will accompany the students to the rally, the pre-game reception, and the game itself.
 At the rally and picnic, the IBM Student Pennant Race honorees will receive player photos, baseball caps and other souvenirs. They will be addressed by several speakers, including the mayor of Cincinnati. Following the picnic, all 1,400 guests will depart for the stadium and the game between the Reds and the Braves. One youngster will be selected to throw out the honorary first pitch.
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 /CONTACT: Elise Schepeler of IBM Corporation, 313-262-3974/
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