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Assumption is fourth of 10 winning schools announced in nationwide contest

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis., Feb. 19, 2009 - An Assumption High School pep rally received a surprise boost today when U.S. Cellular associates burst into the event to announce that the school had won $100,000. The Wisconsin Rapids school became the fourth winner to be announced so far in the company's 2009 Calling All Communities campaign that will donate a total of $1 million to be shared by 10 schools. The nationwide contest encouraged communities to cast votes for their favorite school during the holiday season.

"I am still in a state of shock and very excited," said Joan Bond, principal of Assumption High School shortly after receiving the news. "The support of our school community has been overwhelming and we never stopped believing that, if we came together, we could win."

The small school with less than 200 students beat out more than 6,500 other nominated schools to make it into the final 10. More than 120,000 votes were cast in the six-week contest that was open to all schools serving grades K-12 across the country.

"This contest has been a true testament to the power generated when communities pull together for one goal," said John E. Rooney, president and CEO of U.S. Cellular, who made the big announcement today in the school's gym. "Schools across the country are facing leaner budgets and being forced to cut vital programs and valuable teachers. We wanted to give these schools a chance to check a few items off of their ever-growing wish lists."

Many schools across the country are facing tough budget cuts due to shrinking funding, which jeopardizes vital academic programs and extracurricular activities. An estimated six million students attend private schools in the United States, but the Department of Education reports private enrollment has dropped by 120,000 students during the current school year.

Bond expects the funding from U.S. Cellular to have a huge impact on the programs and opportunities the school has to offer its 174 students.

"As a small Catholic school, we strive to provide a quality academic experience for our students while struggling with very real budget constraints," she said. "This money will go a long way towards helping us fulfill our mission. We are very grateful to U.S. Cellular for sponsoring Calling All Communities."

U.S. Cellular presented $100,000 to Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll, IA, earlier today. Heritage High School in Maryville, Tenn. and Brogden Primary School in Dudley, N.C. also received the good news within the past week. Six more winners will be treated to the same surprise over the next few weeks. Winners will be posted at

Each year U.S. Cellular donates more than $4 million to the United Way and non-profits serving its communities, and last year associates volunteered almost 10,000 hours. In Wisconsin, the wireless carrier contributed nearly $400,000 to non-profit organizations in 2008.

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The 8,700 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people's lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Pearl and Curve, and the touch-screen Samsung Delve, which offer e-mail and Web access. Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular is the nation's fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or