Genesee Health Plan (GHP) is accepting entries for its fifth annual Health Heritage Essay Contest. This year Sovita Credit Union is sponsoring the contests, which are open to all students in Genesee County.

 The essay contest is for elementary (grades five and six only), middle/junior high and high school students. Two scholarships will also be awarded to high school seniors pursuing a career in the healthcare field. 

 “Knowing your family health history is a key part of prevention and living a healthy life. Our annual Health Heritage Essay Contest is one way we encourage students to think about their health today and in the future,” said Jim Milanowski, GHP President and CEO. “This year we are excited to announce that Sovita Credit Union is sponsoring the essay and scholarship contests.”  

 Students are encouraged to interview one or more of their family members and write an essay about their findings, as well as their plans for their personal health and their future health. The specific essay guidelines are outlined below and can be found at

 All essay submissions are due on or before Friday, March 27. Scholarship recipients will be honored at Genesee Health Plan’s Health Care Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on April 17.

 The contest also provides an opportunity for teachers to participate for the chance to win prizes.

 Essays can be submitted electronically to:

 Contact Sherika Finklea at (810) 232-7740 ext. 217 with any questions.

 For more information including specific contest rules and guidelines, visit

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