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The pros and their clothes

When Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Reggie White needed help designing his new clothing line, he passed over the pros in such fashion meccas as Paris and New York City.

Instead, he recruited a young team from his own back yard in Wisconsin through something he called the Positive Student contest. Hundreds of students were vying to come up with one of two winning T-shirt designs that would sway Wisconsin's favorite Packer.

The grand-prize winners--whom Mr. White announced last week at separate news conferences in Brookfield and Fond du Lac--are Kristina Kallin, a junior at Waukesha North High School in Waukesha, and Tyler Warren, a senior at Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac.

Ms. Kallin's colored-pencil sketch features Mr. White, in full uniform, sacking a faceless football player named Racism.

"[Ms. Kallin's] drawing caught my eye the minute I saw it," Mr. White told thousands of fans who had gathered in Brookfield. The National Football League's all-time sacks leader and so-called Minister of Defense added: "We will end racism, and we will end prejudice when people of all ethnic backgrounds work together."

Mr. Warren's drawing shows three cheering young men; its accompanying message is to be determined, contest organizers said.

The ProStyle clothing company, one of the sponsors, will emblazon T-shirts with both designs and sell them at area J.C. Penney Co. stores beginning this month. A portion of the proceeds will go to the winners' high schools.

In addition to meeting Mr. White, the winning students received prize packages containing T-shirts, baseball caps, and compact discs.

-- KERRY A. WHITE

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