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 achieve academically."
"As caretakers of society's most precious treasure, it is our responsibility as parents and adults to help guide our young people in making wise decisions on issues that can significantly impact their future success and quality of life," said Robin Rothermel, director of Health's Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs. "This is why we encourage each contest winner, and all of the student participants, to continue to think first before making those life-altering decisions and to remain strong, positive influences for their peers by promoting healthy lifestyles -- and to refuse to drink alcohol."
The bureau develops and implements comprehensive health, education and rehabilitation programs for the prevention, intervention, treatment and case management of drug and alcohol abuse and dependence -- particularly among youth. For more information on the Department of Health and youth alcohol prevention programs, visit http://www.health.state.pa.us.
The PLCB is an independent state agency that manages the alcohol beverage industry in Pennsylvania. In the past fiscal year, the PLCB allocated more than $3 million for alcohol education and prevention programming and its "zero tolerance" policy has prevented more than 900,000 attempts by minors to purchase alcohol in its retail stores.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of contest winners follows:*
Isabella Kenny, 2nd grade, Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Trey C., Kindergarten, Hamburg School District
Timothy C., 1st grade, Hamburg School District
Christoffer C., 7th grade, Hamburg School District
Michael Hollen, 9th grade, Bellwood-Antis School District
Erin Doyle, 7th grade, Centennial School District
Nicole Humphrey, 10th grade
Alexis McCaffery, 7th grade, Centennial School District
Veronica Penta, 7th grade, Centennial School District
Brooke Roche, 12th grade
Jackie Walsh, 7th grade, Centennial School District
Lindsay Shaw, 11th grade, Butler School District
Vanessa Ashurst, 5th grade, Central Cambria School District
Zachary Higgins, 10th grade, Greater Johnstown School District
Colleen Long, 5th grade, Central Cambria School District
Alison Terndrup, 12th grade, Central Cambria School District
Andrew Reynolds, 6th grade
Meghan Reynolds, 8th grade
Kyle Reynolds, 4th grade
Kelsy Dougherty, 11th grade, Crawford Central School District
Gabrielle Thomas, 3rd grade, Upper Dauphin School District
Taylor Troutman, 5th grade, Millersburg Area School District
Christopher Gallick, 1st grade, Neshannock Township School District
Dominic Tomasello, 2nd grade, Diocese of Pittsburgh
Samantha Cefalo, 7th grade, Hanover Area School District
Domenic Andolina, 11th grade, Reynolds School District
Kevin Cahill, 6th grade, Mifflin County School District
Randy C., 8th grade, Mount Carmel Area School District
Samantha Litchard, 12th grade
Erich Holtzer, 7th grade, Philadelphia School District
Shannon Leiby, 8th grade, Philadelphia School District
Kimberly Neubauer, 8th grade, Philadelphia School District
Thomas Theuer, 3rd grade, Philadelphia School District
Samantha Kline, 9th grade, Minersville Area School District
Bruce Stine, 10th grade, Minersville Area School District
Erica Bowser, 12th grade
Marisa Frymoyer, 12th grade
Matthew Addleman, 1st grade, Shanksville-Stonycreek School District
Michael Hickle, 3rd grade, Shanksville-Stonycreek School District
Kady Lohr, 2nd grade, Shanksville-Stonycreek School District
Randy R., Mifflinburg Area School District
Kara Coffaro, 4th grade, Warren County School District
Bailey McDonald, 4th grade, Diocese of Pittsburgh
Landen Burgard, 4th grade, Spring Grove Area School District
Holly Martin, 4th grade, Spring Grove Area School District
Kayla Sliger, 9th grade, Eastern School District
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Cristelle F., 6th grade, Philadelphia School District
Harleigh Hanes, 2nd grade, Shanksville-Stonycreek School District
Alivia Lucas, 1st grade
Felicia M., 8th grade, Collegium
Megan M., 5th grade, Mars Area School District
Robert Oberley, Kindergarten, Diocese of Pittsburgh
Chelsea Seeley, 10th grade, Greater Johnstown School District
* Some identifying information withheld by family request
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|SOURCE Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board|
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