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Punxsutawney Teen Wins MTV Sex Education Essay Contest

October 27, 2003
Associated Press (10.25.03) - Monday, October 27, 2003

In the Pennsylvania town usually associated with groundhogs, 17-year-old Amanda Story has won an MTV essay contest on the topic of whether her town needs more sex education. Story, whose essay was selected from 14,000 entries among viewers ages 15-24, wrote about her five-month-old daughter Ryley and the challenges of being a teenage mother. Because her essay won, juniors and seniors at her school can attend a health forum that includes a concert by the band Good Charlotte. The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States said information about relationships, communication skills and preventing sexually transmitted diseases will be offered at the forum, which takes place on Tuesday. "I think the mystery of sex sometimes glorifies it," Story said. "If they had a better understanding of it, there wouldn't be such intrigue to it."

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