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Valrico man wins $3,000 for anti-bullying message

John Irish

John Irish

VALRICO — John Irish, a 24-year-old Valrico resident, was awarded $3,000 in college scholarship money for his participation in a national campaign by, a global movement for good, supported by Fastweb, the premier online resource for paying and preparing students for college.

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Irish participated in "I Beat Bullying," an anti-bullying campaign that asks students to make a sign to share tactics on how they overcame bullying. A total of 43,949 members participated in this campaign with 74,347 tactics shared.

Irish's poster said: I Beat Bullying by teaching myself how to understand, approach and listen to bullies.

"This campaign is important to me because I believe that bullying affects everyone involved, not just the victim," Irish said. "So it is important to me to do all that I can to be a positive influence, and role model against bullying, and bigotry. Having an honest and critical conversation on disagreements is what I want everyone to strive towards, as we try to solve domestic and international issues."

Fastweb provides students like Irish help pay for school. To learn more, visit

To learn more about campaigns that give young people easy ways to do good and pay for school, visit Scholarships. is the largest tech company exclusively for young people and social change. It seeks to activate more than 5.5 million young people to make positive change, online and off, in the United States and in more than 131 countries.

Valrico man wins $3,000 for anti-bullying message 05/17/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:14pm]
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