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To gear up for World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), a poster and essay/poetry contest is being sponsored by the AIDS Network of Western New York.

The theme for World AIDS Day is "Children Living in a World with AIDS" and contest entries should reflect what HIV/AIDS means to the student and how it affects children and their families.

First, second and third-place prizes will be given in these grade categories: kindergarten to fourth grade; fifth to eighth grade; ninth to 12th grade.

Each school can submit one poster and one essay/poem for each age category. Schools need to register by Oct. 15, and entries must be submitted by Nov. 7. An awards ceremony will take place on Dec. 1., at Madonna Hall on the D'Youville College campus.

If you'd like to enter, or you'd like to get your school involved, have your teacher contact Andy Kiener at 695-8977.

Want to be a Buffalo Jill?

Girls 4 to 13 can enter the Little Miss Jills Contest that will be held Saturday at McKinley Mall.

Contestants should wear their favorite Buffalo Bills outfit and be prepared to perform a Bills cheer during the contest, which will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the mall's center court.

Winners will be invited to attend a practice with the Buffalo Jills (who, by the way, are judging this contest), will receive a $50 McKinley Mall gift certificate, and a scholarship to Personal Best Modeling.

Applications can be picked up at Finish Line stores.

NeXt is a section designed for teens and younger readers, published every Tuesday in The Buffalo News.

Editor: Susan LoTempio (849-4466)

Graphic designer: Terry Lew

Teen hot line: 849-5454.

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