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European edition, Sunday, September 9, 2007

Those who went out and got busy this summer were rewarded for their participation last week when U.S. Air Forces in Europe announced the winners of its Extreme Summer 2007 contest.

Extreme Summer is a USAFE program to get community members active during the summertime.

Those who participated in various activities gained points, ranging from 50 to 500, depending on the length and type of venture.

For her troubles, Bobbilynn Medley of RAF Lakenheath, England, won the grand prize, a 2007 Dodge Caliber, according to a USAFE Services news release.

Senior Airman Jeff St. Sauveur of Incirlik Air Base, Turkey; Jennifer Clark of RAF Alconbury, England; Master Sgt. William Negri of Izmir Air Station, Turkey; and Tech. Sgt. Jason Gagnon of RAF Lakenheath each won a NASCAR VIP trip that will take them to the Nextel Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in October.

Four individuals won trips to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Leonardo Blount Jr., 12, of Alconbury and McKenna Roden, 11, of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, were the youth winners, while 15-year-olds Jonathon Cunningham and Rachel Wease, both of Alconbury, won the teen spots.

In addition to the main prizes, U.S. bonds, cell phones and a host of other prizes were handed out periodically throughout the contest, which ran from June to August.

According to the USAFE release, more than 11,500 members of U.S. military communities in Europe took part in the Extreme Summer events this year, a 2,000-person increase over previous years.

It was open to active-duty personnel, family members and civilians with Department of Defense ID cards.

The program featured more than $150,000 worth of prizes provided by a variety of corporate sponsors.

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