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Chicago Teen Wins Scholarship, Quinceañera, As Grand Prize Of Verizon's My Fabulous Quince

Daddy Yankee to Perform at Grand Prize Winner's Party; Four Regional First-Prize Winners to Receive Scholarships, Smartphones

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September 28, 2012

Cameka Crawford
Cameka.Crawford@VerizonWireless.com
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BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today announced that Corina Pérez from Chicago is the grand prize winner of its My Fabulous Quince essay contest.  Pérez received the highest number of online and text message votes among all of the semi-finalists.  As part of her grand prize package, she will receive a college scholarship, four smartphones and Verizon gift cards.  In addition, Pérez will receive an all-expenses-paid quinceañera for up to 100 guests, featuring a special performance by one of the most acclaimed, award-winning Latin urban artists of all time, Daddy Yankee. 

“Through Verizon’s My Fabulous Quince essay contest, Verizon is able to commemorate an important tradition in the Latino community, while supporting higher education,” said Elva Lima, executive director of community relations and multicultural communications at Verizon Wireless.  “We are pleased to help make Corina’s quinceañera dreams come true, as well as provide college scholarships to Corina and four other teens to assist in furthering their educational goals.”

In addition to the grand prize, four first-prize packages were awarded to the top vote recipients in the following four regions: Alexandra Barillas from Lockport, Ill. for the Midwest region; Jazzlene Herrera from Union City, Calif. for the West region;  Bianca Rosales from Homestead, Fla. for the South region; and Ashley Herrera from Guttenberg, N.J. for the Northeast region.  Each first-prize winner will receive a college scholarship, a smartphone and a Verizon gift card. 

Urban Latin star Daddy Yankee will offer an exclusive performance at the Grand Prize winner’s party, slated for October in Chicago.  Daddy Yankee will perform songs from his most recent album, “Prestige”, as well as some of his greatest hits, including “Lovumba,” “Pasarela” and “Limbo,” among others.

“I am psyched to be part of My Fabulous Quince, and to be able to share this special moment in the life of Corina, her friends and her family,” said Daddy Yankee.

A voting panel of judges selected 20 teens from each of the eight participating cities and surrounding areas (Chicago; New York; Miami; Dallas; Houston; El Paso, Texas; Los Angeles and San Francisco) from thousands of entries submitted between June 1 and July 31.  Public voting was open from Aug. 24, through Sept. 2 through online and text voting.

For more information about the Verizon’s My Fabulous Quince winners, please visit http://www.myfabulousquince.com

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