HAJHS wins Nationwide Super Sleep Contest

Student Patrick Harker and teacher Christine Burkey from Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School were awarded by GENYOUth, through its flagship Fuel Up to Play 60 program, and Sleep Number, the smart bed company, as winners of the Super Sleep Contest.

The Super Sleep Contest was launched by Sleep Number and GENYOUth in October.

Students ages 13 and older who attend GENYOUth partner schools were asked to team up with an educator from their school to create a 90-second video that highlights what they can accomplish with quality sleep.

Video entries were judged based on creativity, their authentic sleep message and audio/visual quality.

GENYOUth received entries from more than 25 states.

Locally, the winning student, Patrick Harker, an eighth-grader, and teacher, Christine Burkey, emphasized the importance of getting quality sleep each night, shared tips for removing sleep distractions from their rooms and suggested creating and sticking to a regular sleep schedule.

They also raised their voices about the benefits of a good night’s sleep, including better focus, concentration and sports performance.

“We are proud of Patrick and Mrs. Burkey for their positive, healthy message and join in celebrating their project win,” said Lydia Dobrowolsky, principal.

Harker will receive a Sleep Number 360 smart bed. In addition, Burkey will receive a Super Sleep Toolkit for her classroom with educational resources provided by Sleep Number.


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