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Heritage is one of 10 schools to receive the most votes in nationwide contest

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 13, 2009 -Students and faculty at Heritage High School in Maryville received a big surprise today. About 50 U.S. Cellular associates, including dozens who live in Blount County, stormed into their assembly to announce that Heritage had won $100,000 in the company's "Calling All Communities" campaign. Heritage is one of 10 schools to receive the most votes, which were cast by area residents during the holiday season.

"I'm moved by the support of the community," said Patty Mandigo, principal of Heritage High School. "We had so much help from parents, students, friends and folks from all over Blount County, and we still weren't convinced it was enough to win."

Schools across the country are facing tough budget cuts due to shrinking government funding, which is jeopardizing vital academic programs and extracurricular activities. Blount County schools may face a deficit of at least $3.5 million for the 2009-2010 budget year.

Heritage High School is the first school so far to receive $100,000 in U.S. Cellular's 2009 "Calling All Communities" campaign. The rest of the winners will be announced in the next few weeks.

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.

About U.S. Cellular
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. Those features are delivered 10 times faster over U.S. Cellular's new 3G Mobile Broadband network. 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