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      Students from Summerville, Orangeburg win Project Sentry contest

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- Artwork from an Orangeburg middle schooler and a Summerville high schooler will be featured as winners in the U.S. Attorney's Office 11th annual Project Sentry logo contest.

      Cane Bay High School's Marcus Epps won the Grade 9-12 competition; William J. Clark Middle School's Vibriyogn Epuri won the Grade 6-8 contest.

      U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles presented the award at Kingston Elementary School in Conway, the home of Grade 3-5 winner Kylie Johnson. Wesley Hallman, of Edisto Primary School, won the Grade 1-2 contest.

      The winners were chosen from 210 entries from 29 schools across South Carolina. Each division winner received a $50.00 award, with the overall winner receiving an additional $50.00 award.

      Six other students from across the state also received Honorable Mention ribbons.

      The statewide contest gives South Carolina students an opportunity to tell the entire state how they prevent gun violence in their school. The theme of the contest was "Preventing Gun Violence in Your School".

      The contest was open to students in all South Carolina schools.

      The winning entries were selected by a group of students from the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice who travel throughout the state encouraging troubled children and promoting community awareness of the prevalence and consequences of juvenile crime.

      The U.S. Attorney's Office coordinated with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers' Association Foundation to provide the cash awards to the winners.

      For more information on the Project Sentry program and for pictures of past winning logos, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/sc/programs/logowinners.html

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