Troy 7th grade student wins visit from Detroit Lions player

Marissa Orzame won visit from Quarterback Matthew Stafford at Boulan Park Middle School

Published On: May 01 2013 04:09:00 PM EDT   Updated On: May 01 2013 03:39:10 PM EDT
DETROIT -

A seventh grader from Boulan Park Middle School in Troy, will be bringing a special guest to school this spring.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will join Marissa Orzame for a school assembly focused on healthy eating and exercise.

"It’s an honor to be involved in the ‘Make the Play’ contest and be a part of a program that encourages kids to live healthier lives," said Stafford. "I’m extremely impressed that Marissa didn’t give up after not winning the contest last year. Instead, she was even more motivated to win this year, and her hard work and dedication paid off. I admire her for demonstrating that kind of commitment to achieving her goals at such a young age."

Orzame won the opportunity to have Stafford visit her school through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s second-annual "Make the Play for Healthy Habits" video contest.

Marissa made it to the finalist round in 2012 and this year, she won the entire contest.

"I’m so excited to win the contest," said Orzame.  "Being a finalist last year was a great experience and I even had the chance to meet Matthew Stafford.  However, it was very important to me that I win this year, so that all of my friends, and everyone at my school, had the chance to meet him too."

How she won:

Video entries were submitted from school children around the state, answering the question: What would you do to make Michigan healthier?

Five students made it to the finals, and online votes were cast over a three week period to pick the winner.

In addition to a school assembly with Matthew Stafford, Marissa will star as a guest video blogger for the Blues on AHealthierMichigan.org throughout the year.

Watch Marissa's winning video: