Participants of the Seventh Annual Oce Future Authors Project Sign Debut Copies of "Pens and Paper: Our Weapons of Mass

   Participants of the Seventh Annual Oce Future Authors Project Sign Debut
         Copies of "Pens and Paper: Our Weapons of Mass Construction"

PR Newswire

BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 5, 2012

BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "I can feel the chill water
drip down, beads of fresh anguish, a salty waterfall trickling my chin," read
BAK Middle School eighth grade student, Michael Wang, from his poem "Tears" at
the recent seventh annual Oce Future Authors Project book signing at Spanish
River Library in Boca Raton.

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Michael opened the ceremony to unveil the book, Pens and Paper: Our Weapons of
Mass Construction. The book is a compilation of the works by the more than 40
Palm Beach County middle and high school students who participated in the Oce
Future Authors Project, a public-private partnership between Oce, a Canon
Group Company and an international leader in digital document management, and
the School District of Palm Beach County.

More than 100 people attended the book signing, where the students saw their
published works for the first time and were able to sign copies for family,
friends, school officials and community leaders. Palm Beach County Schools
Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning Keith Oswald, was one of the first
fans in line. "There's no limit on what can be accomplished when we work
together for the good of our children," he said. "This project is indeed a
model for public-private partnerships. Programs like this offer students an
invaluable opportunity to expand their educational experience."

City of Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie also was on hand to congratulate
the students, "Few people ever get to experience the exhilaration of becoming
published," she told the students. "Yet, this morning, all of you who
participated in the Future Authors Project will have the chance to autograph
your very own published works. Congratulations! I look forward to seeing some
of your names on the New York Times Best Seller List some day."

Francis McMahon, vice president of marketing, Production Printing Systems, a
division of Oce North America, said the book signing event was a unique
opportunity to witness the students' passion for writing.

"How exciting it has been to watch nearly 350 Palm Beach County students enjoy
the thrill of polishing their writing skills and becoming published authors,"
he said. "Being here today to recognize the participants in the seventh annual
Oce Future Author's Project is just as exciting as celebrating our first

About the Oce Future Authors Project

In its seventh year, Oce Future Authors Project accepted applications this
year from nearly 100 students who wanted to spend part of their summer
vacations learning how to become published authors. The program begins with an
intense eight-day writing workshop.Students gain insight into the process of
writing, editing, and digitally publishing books through interactions with Oce
executives, published authors, and licensed language arts teachers. Writings
from each student are then compiled, professionally published and digitally
printed in final book form by the Boca Raton-based Oce North America
Production Printing Systems division. Since the program's inception in 2006,
nearly 350 students have participated in the Oce Future Authors Project
writing workshops.

The program is a partnership between the School District of Palm Beach County
and Oce North America, and is made possible with generous grants from the
Lawrence Sanders Foundation; Maroone, an AutoNation Company; and Xplor
International, a not-for-profit educational and networking association serving
users and suppliers of document technologies.

The teachers for the 2012 class were: Nicole Adamo, who teaches at Don
Estridge Middle School; Katrina Sapp Holder, a playwright and short story
author who also teaches at Don Estridge Middle School; and Cartheda T. Mann,
the chair of the English department and writing coach at Glades Central
Community High School. Secondary Literacy Program Planner Diana Fedderman
supervises the program for the District.

For more information on how to support the program, contact the Executive
Director of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Mary Kay Murray at

For more information about the Oce Future Authors Project, visit

For more information, please visit

Contact Tonya Powers at for photos of the event.

About Oce
Oce is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for
professionals. The Oce offering includes office printing and copying systems,
high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for
both technical documentation and color display graphics. Oce is also a
foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune
Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are Oce customers. The
company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, Oce
is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide.
Oce North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business
units in Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL. For more information, visit

Oce and Canon: Stronger together
In 2010 Oce joined the Canon Group of companies with headquarters in Tokyo,
Japan, to create the global leader in the printing industry. Canon develops,
manufactures and markets a growing line-up of copying machines, printers,
cameras, optical and other products that meet a diverse range of customer
needs. The Canon Group comprises over 198,000 employees worldwide. Global net
sales in 2011 totalled USD 45.6 billion. Visit the Canon Inc. website at

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business,
and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in
global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall
in U.S. patents registered in 2011* and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's
Most Admired Companies in 2012. In 2012, for the ninth consecutive year, Canon
U.S.A. has received the Readers' Choice Award for Service and
Reliability. Committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and
loyalty, Canon U.S.A. provides 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and
support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to
its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep
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Contact: Tonya Powers, Oce North America, Production Printing Systems,
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