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Bluegrass Cellular #ThinkBeforeYouType Winners Announced

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (May 30, 2017) – Bluegrass Cellular has announced the winners of the #ThinkBeforeYouType column contest. Each of the three winners – one from each service region – received a $1,000 prize.

• Morgan Crabtree, a senior at Wayne County High School

• Camden Eklund, a senior at Central Hardin High School

• John Hendricks, a sophomore at Logan County High School

In March Bluegrass Cellular took a stand against cyberbullying by launching the #ThinkBeforeYouType campaign. High school students in Bluegrass Cellular’s service area were invited to submit columns addressing safe smartphone habits and how they relate to cyberbullying. A panel of judges selected the winners.

Morgan Crabtree issued a challenge to readers. “So, I challenge you. Make someone’s day. Compliment one person each day, and truly be sincere. Smile and be friendly. Positivity can change a lot in the world, and all those changes would be great ones. Sometimes an act of kindness is all it takes to make someone’s day or even save their life,” she wrote.

Winning columns are posted on Bluegrass Cellular’s website.

According to PACER’s National Bullying and Prevention Center, the percentage of individuals who have experienced cyberbullying at some point in their lifetimes has nearly doubled from 2007 to 2016. “The Internet is everywhere, all the time, and avoiding a rumor that is started on the Internet is nearly impossible,“ Camden Eklund wrote in his winning column.

Throughout the month, Bluegrass focused its social media messaging to encourage safe and kind use of mobile devices.

34% of students between the ages of 12 and 17 in a national survey have experienced cyberbullying. Of those students, nearly two-thirds who experienced cyberbullying said it influenced their ability to learn and feel safe at school.

“Bluegrass Cellular was thrilled with the entries we received for the column contest,” said Barry Nothstine, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Bluegrass Cellular. “We are so proud of the passionate high schoolers in our community and have enjoyed reading about how they are addressing cyberbullying in their schools. We encourage everyone to read Morgan’s, Camden’s and John’s winning columns and to continue to use mobile devices as a way to share positivity.”

For more information on #ThinkBeforeYouType, visit Bluegrass Cellular’s website. You can also follow Bluegrass Cellular on Facebook (@bluegrasscellular), Twitter (@bluegrasscell) and Instagram (@bluegrasscell).