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MARTIN COUNTY -- Optima Healthcare Solutions named the winner of its 2012 art contest, in which high school students in Martin County were asked to design a shirt for employees based on the company's 2013 theme, "Keeping it Simple."
The contest, which is the first of its kind for Optima, was conducted in partnership with the Education Foundation of Martin County. Steve Mackie, Optima CEO, along with Nancy Lyons and Elliot Paul from the Education Foundation of Martin County, visited the Clark Advanced Learning Center to surprise contest winner junior Sarah Mennuto, with her award, a $3,000 college scholarship.
Mr. Mackie was specifically interested in engaging art students because he understands the need for originality and imagination in the workplace.
"At Optima, we place a high value on creativity since it is integral to designing innovative software," he said. "We wanted to create a scholarship opportunity that not only demonstrated this value but communicated the importance of creativity as a part of daily living, both at school and at work. We are honored to support our local students in their artistic and scholastic endeavors and appreciate their participation in the 2012 Optima Art Contest. Each submission we received was both inventive and well-executed, and I offer my congratulations to Sarah and all of the other participants, as well as their teachers."
In addition to the scholarship funding, Optima made a $1,000 donation to each of the participating schools, including the Clark Advanced Learning Center and Jensen Beach High School, to provide holistic enrichment for art programs in Martin County high schools.
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