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Dreams Take Flight in School Essay Contest Winners Recognize - Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay) Provided Title Sponsorship for Young Writers

TAMPA, Fla., March 18 2014 – Recently, the Hillsborough County School Board recognized Tampa area winners from elementary, middle and high school for their outstanding essays, answering the question “Who Has Empowered Your Dreams?” More than 500 entries were submitted for this inaugural Dreams Take Flight in School essay contest, which started back in January, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of empowering dreams.
 
First place winners each received a $300 cash prize along with an electronic reader. Second place winners each received a $200 cash prize. Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay) provided title sponsorship of the essay contest and Bright House Networks sponsored the electronic readers

“A consistent investment in the community is vital to making a real impact,” said Curtis Stokes, Vice President, Community and Economic Development Manager of Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay). “We were very proud to provide title sponsorship of the essay contest, and have the opportunity to support the dreams of young people throughout the Tampa Bay region.”

This year’s winners included:

High School:
1st - Mary Elizabeth Johnson, Robinson High School
2nd - Michael Pease, Wharton High School
 
Middle School:
1st - Aryan Patidar, Williams Middle Magnet
2nd - Sophia Bailey, Coleman Middle School
 
Elementary School:
1st - RJ Simmons, FishHawk Creek Elementary
 2nd - Anna Edlund, Bevis Elementary
 
About Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Company has $130 billion in assets and operates 17 affiliates with 1,320 full-service Banking Centers, including 104 Bank Mart® locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,586 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 25% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2013, had $302 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com <http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.53.com&esheet=50788576&newsitemid=20140123005180&lan=en-US&anchor=www.53.com&index=6&md5=1e75bb5aa1d1a3d7e0b50ff87fc5c31d> . Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.”  Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858.  Member FDIC.   

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