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PLCB Honors Winners of 2008 Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest
Date:10/21/2008

Contest Promotes Positive Options, Educates about Dangers of Alcohol

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fifty-seven students from 24 school districts have been named by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board as the winners of the 2008 Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest.

The awards recognize Pennsylvania K-12 students for their artistic representation of the message that underage drinking is dangerous. The PLCB's annual contest, sponsored in conjunction with the state departments of Health and Education, has received more than 26,000 entries since it began in 1992. More than 1,600 students participated this year.

"The poster contest has been one of the PLCB's most effective methods of alerting Pennsylvania's youth to the dangers of alcohol," said PLCB Chairman Patrick "P.J." Stapleton III. "Because young people often struggle with making smart decisions early in life, this contest helps to empower them to respond to peer and societal pressures and to make the correct decision: avoid drinking alcohol."

The annual contest also emphasizes healthy alternatives to drinking alcohol, such as regular exercise and participation in sports activities.

"Making healthy decisions is a vital part of becoming a healthy adult, and empowering our Pennsylvania youth to do that is very important," said Department of Health Deputy Secretary Janice Kopelman. "We are proud of these contest winners for setting examples for their peers in leading a healthy lifestyle and, in particular, by not drinking alcohol."

Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak said the poster contest is an effective way for young people to educate each other about making the right choices.

"There is a growing acknowledgment that children's health and well-being directly affects their ability to learn," Zahorchak said. "When we teach our young people to make smart, responsible choices, they not only stay healthy, but they increase their potential to
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