December 26, 2007 12:57 ET

Maine Makes Exception to Allow Students to Participate in Greeting Card Contest Sponsored by

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ--(Marketwire - December 26, 2007) - Prudent Publishing's, the leading business Christmas cards and personalized Christmas cards publisher, is pleased to announce that the state of Maine recently made an exception to a local statute, which prohibited students from participating in a scholarship contest being sponsored by the greeting card company. This decision was made final by Sergeant William Gomane of the Maine State Police on December 6, 2007. launched its first annual scholarship contest at the end of September, inviting high school and college students to create an original greeting card design. The cards are to be judged by the company's team of designers early next year, and the student with the best design will win a $10,000 scholarship and his or her design will be made into business greeting cards.

According to the Maine Revised Statute Title 17 Section 343, a game (or contest) of skill is permitted so long as the organizer does not determine the outcome. Since the winning design is to be determined by employees of, it was thought by the greeting card company's legal counsel that no student in the state of Maine could participate. It was the only state where this was the case.

The executive members of, disappointed that the students of Maine had to be eliminated from the scholarship contest, made an appeal to the state's Attorney General and the Department of Education. Their plea was answered by Argy Nestor, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, who navigated the state government skillfully and ultimately requested for Sergeant Gomane to make an exception in the Maine Revised Statute.

Sergeant Gomane determined that the scholarship contest being held by is a contest of talent, and not a game or sport dealing with chance or skill. And with his ruling, the exception was made allowing the students of Maine to participate in the greeting card company's first annual scholarship contest.

"We are very pleased with Sergeant Gomane's decision," stated Bernard J. D'Avella, Jr., President of Prudent Publishing. "Our main goal is to positively impact the youth of our nation, and now this goal can come to fruition with the inclusion of Maine students in our scholarship contest."

For more information on's first annual Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest, please visit The deadline to submit an entry is January 15, 2008.

About - Prudent Publishing's is the leading publisher of premium quality personalized Christmas cards and business Christmas cards in the United States. Established in 1929 and still family owned, the company offers direct-from-the-publisher prices that include customized ink and foil imprints, a large selection of memorable greetings and matching deckle-edged envelopes made of recycled paper. In addition to Christmas cards and holiday cards, also offers birthday cards, thank you cards, and personal photo cards.

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