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Twelve Public Schools Across the Country Named as Finalists in SAMSUNG's $1 Million Solve for Tomorrow Contest

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., February 7, 2012 – Twelve public schools from across the country – Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming – have won $70,000 in technology as finalists in Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow contest, a national competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Four grand prize winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and the fifth, the Community Choice winner, will be determined by public online voting. As the winner of special distinction, the Community Choice winner receives the additional prize of an assistance dog for their school. The grand prize winners will be announced in March and invited to a special awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. with John Legend, the Grammy-award winning recording artist.

Online voting for the Community Choice winner is open until 11:59 p.m. EST, March 12, 2012 at and the Samsung Facebook Solve tab at

"We are very excited about our finalists and congratulate them for the ingenuity and hard work they showed through their entries," said David Steel, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy of Samsung Electronics North America. "Solve for Tomorrow empowers students to combine their creativity and knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math to find solutions to environmental issues in their communities. We hope that the challenge of this contest, together with the technology for winning schools, will help inspire the students of today to become the innovators of tomorrow."

More than 1,500 schools from all 50 states entered the contest that kicked off in August with an essay submission on how STEM can help the environment in their community. Twenty-five were picked to receive a video production kit containing $1,000 of technology – a Samsung laptop, camcorder, and Adobe software – to compete as semi-finalists and in the video phase of the contest.

These 12 finalists now have a chance to win one of five grand prizes valued at $100,000 from Samsung, Microsoft, the Adobe Foundation, and DIRECTV.

Davenport School of the Arts Davenport, FL Desert Wind Middle School Maricopa, AZ
Groton High School Groton, NY Indian Trails Middle School Palm Coast, FL
Jackson Hole High School Jackson, WY Jefferson Township Middle School Oak Ridge, NJ
Lawrence County High School Moulton, AL Mercer School Mercer, WI
Neah Bay Junior/Senior High School Neah Bay, WA Pleasant Hills Middle School Pleasant Hills, PA
Schoharie High School Schoharie, NY Sutter Middle School Folsom, CA

As part of Samsung Hope for Children, the company's philanthropic initiative focusing on health, education, and sustainability, Solve for Tomorrow encourages teachers to engage students in STEM by raising enthusiasm for these subjects and addressing the technology gap in classrooms. With the top 12 schools each receiving at least $70,000 of technology and the top five receiving at least $100,000 of technology, the total value of prizes awarded to participating schools total more than $1 million.

About Samsung Electronics North America

Samsung Electronics North America (NAHQ), based in Ridgefield Park, NJ, is an arm of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The company markets a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics, information systems, and home appliance products, as well as oversees all of Samsung's North American brand management including Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc., and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, Samsung is one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. The company was ranked #17 in BusinessWeek/Interbrand "100 Best Global Brands," and named as one of Fast Company's "50 Most Innovative Companies of 2011." For more information, please visit You can also Fan Samsung on or follow Samsung via Twitter @SamsungTweets.

About Samsung Hope for Children

Samsung is dedicated to creating products that inspire passion and enable people to live Smarter Lives. Samsung Hope for Children represents the company's philanthropic commitment in the U.S. to help improve children's health, education and sustainability. Over the past 10 years, Samsung Electronics America and its retail and business partners have helped more than 400 schools, community-based foundations, and charities throughout the U.S. raise awareness of and funding for their causes. For more information, please visit

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