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 May 24, 2004
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz

Competition in area high schools showcases students' talent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Stefanie Zakowicz May 21, 2004 716.635.5885


Competition in area high schools showcases students' talent

Williamsville, NY  In a private reception held at the Burchfield-Penny Art Center, representatives from both Tops Markets and the Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops Markets awarded the prize for the winning poster and runners up. The winning artwork is going to be used in the poster for this year's Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops, to be held July 10 and 11.

The contest, which was held in all Western New York high schools this past winter, encouraged 9 - 12th grade students to design a poster based on this year's Taste theme, "A Star Spangled Taste." Students enrolled in a public, private, or parochial high school in Erie or Niagara counties were eligible to enter.

Mike Bauer, an 11th grade student at John F. Kennedy High School in Cheektowaga, designed the winning artwork. At the ceremony, Mr. Bauer will receive $500 in cash, as will his school. The artwork is being incorporated into the poster and promotional materials being developed for this year's Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops Markets.

Over 300 students representing 22 schools in the region entered the contest. "All the entries exemplified the patriotic spirit that the Taste and Tops wanted to convey through this year's theme," stated Max Henderson, executive vice president and general manager of Tops. "We are very proud of all the entries and found the final judging to be very difficult."

Second place was awarded to Krystal Rzeszut, a 12th grade student from Villa Maria Academy in Cheektowaga. Ms. Rzeszut will receive a $150 give certificate for art supplies. Third place winner, Katlin Smith, a 12th grade student from Kenton Career & Technical Center will receive a $100 gift certificate for a local media retailer.

"The variety of posters that came in reflect the new level of artistic talent that's being fostered in our local schools," stated James Greco, chairman, 2004 Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops Markets.

The following students were recognized at the reception as runners up:

Marcus Covert, Eden Junior/Senior High School Cheyenne Gronowski, Alden High School Emily Luchterhand, Williamsville High School Mario Lyles, Harness Career and Technical Center Craig Mazuchowski, Sweet Home High School Keila Moton, Villa Maria Academy Jennet Neidermeir, Eden Junior/Senior High School Kat Pelgrin, Hamburg High School Cortney Sobowiec, Kenton Career and Technical Center Dan Valvo, West Seneca West Senior High School

The artwork of the all prize recipients and runners up were on display at the ceremony.

About Tops Markets

Tops Markets, LLC, is one of six retail operating companies under Ahold USA, and the leading supermarket chain in Western New York. Tops currently operates 161 Tops Markets in three states and 204 convenience stores under the Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Tops Xpress banners. Founded in 1962, Tops employs nearly 21,000 associates. For more information about Tops, visit the company's website at



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