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HP Hood and the Boston Red Sox Announce 25 Red Sox Kid Nation Captains Finalists

BOSTON, MA (June 01, 2012)

HP Hood and the Boston Red Sox announced today that they have narrowed the search for 12 new Red Sox Kid Nation Captains down to 25 finalists. They are:Evan Casale, 5th grade, Enfield, CTKeighly Dugan, 8th grade, Wallingford, CTCaroline Rocco, 4th grade, Higganum, CTJake Nichols, 7th grade, Granby, CTZachary Kelley, 4th grade, Orlando, FLBraydon Barrett, 7th grade, South Dennis, MAAmanda Barry, 6th grade, Avon, MAPatrick Davis, 4th grade, Hyde Park, MARiley Machado, 3rd grade, Swansea, MAAnthony Mitchell, 6th grade, Fitchburg, MAAidan Guimont, 4th grade, Lynnfield, MAHannah Cutler, 8th grade, Lexington, MASofia Icke, 5th grade, Weston, MANathaniel Birne, 5th grade, Needham, MAEmma White, 3rd grade, Arlington, MAAri Dinerman, 5th grade, Ashland, MAKatelyn Roccanti, 5th grade, Worcester, MAZachary Stoltz, 4th grade, Pembroke, MAJoseph Binette, 3rd grade, Sanford, MEKyle Cardoza, 5th grade, Hampstead, NHAllie Jacques, 7th grade, Manchester, NHSean Bennett, 6th grade, Flemington, NJRhiana Carr, 6th grade, Witherbee, NYBoston Kuhn, 3rd grade, Oak Hill, OHIan Noyes, 6th grade, Lake Elmore, VT Since the application process began more than a month ago, Hood and the Red Sox have received submissions from eager young fans across New England. Candidates ranging in age from 9 to 13 were asked to answer the following essay question "Kids helping kids" is a big part of what Red Sox Kid Nation is all about. The Kid Nation Captains do a community service event each year to further this mission. What would you like the Kid Nation Captains to do to assist families in need?"The responses were inspiring. "We got some very unique and interesting answers to our 'Kids helping Kids' essay question. There are so many willing and qualified candidates out there," said Lynne Bohan, a Hood spokesperson. "It was very difficult to narrow it down to just 25 finalists! In the end, though, we felt that the 25 kids we selected really embody what we're looking for in a Red Sox Kid Nation Captain."Now it's up to Kid Nation members to decide who the 12 new Captains will be. STARTING TODAY: votes can be cast at The voting period will close at 9 pm on Friday, June 8th. The 12 new Red Sox Kid Nation Captains will be announced on or about June 11th. Each of the 12 new Captains selected will win the following: - Participation in a pre-game ceremony at Fenway Park on June 22, 2012- Two tickets to a Red Sox game played at Fenway Park on June 22, 2012- A specially designed Kid Nation Captains baseball jersey- Free Hood Red Sox Ice Cream for a yearTo sign up for Red Sox Kid Nation presented by Hood, visit, call (888) RED-SOX6 or visit the Kid Nation World Headquarters at Fenway Park. About Red Sox Kid Nation presented by HoodRed Sox Kid Nation presented by Hood was created in 2004 and has grown to become the largest Kids' Club in Major League Baseball with approximately 12,000 members. The club offers young Red Sox fans an opportunity to be a part of the team and enjoy fun contests, gear and discounts for New England products and events. They also have the opportunity to participate in special events and meet Red Sox players.About HoodFounded in 1846, today Hood is one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States.  Hood is the number-one dairy brand in New England, and Hood's portfolio of national and super-regional brands and franchise products includes Hood, Crowley Foods, Simply Smart Milk, Heluva Good!, LACTAID®, HERSHEY®'S Milk and Milkshakes, and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®. For more information about Hood, please visit  # # # Media Contacts:  CJ Lampman                                                                    Sarah Barow(207) 332-1612                                                               HP Hood LLCEmail:                                    6 Kimball Lane                                                                                        Phone: 617-887-8455                                                                                           Email: