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Goodell Meets With CASAC Poster Contest Winners

Students whose artwork representing a decision to make a difference and chosen to be among the best of the best, were honored on June 7, 2012 by Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Chautauqua County. Congratulating them on their work, Goodell met in his office with finalists of the Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council’s 2012 Alcohol Awareness Month poster contest.

Photo: Goodell with contest winners holding their posters

The contest’s theme, “It only takes one to make a difference—I can be the one!” provided the inspiration for the students to express in the design of their poster how they can be the one to make a difference. The 11th annual contest concluded prior to the start of Alcohol Awareness Month, which is held each April. Goodell described the importance of the awareness that the contest brings to the community. “Alcohol use by youth is a complex problem, one that can only be solved through a sustained and cooperative effort,” he said. “If we care about the health and well-being of our children, we need to do everything we can to prevent anyone under age 21 from drinking alcohol, and to delay the first drink as long as possible.”

Goodell will display the posters on the walls near his office in Albany. The students’ posters will be also be featured on more than 20,000 bookmarks that will be distributed by CASAC with support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation & Cummins, Inc. Jamestown Engine Plant to all schools, libraries and youth organizations in the county to announce the 2013 contest.

Meeting with Goodell were: the 2012 Grand Prize winner, Julia Rater of Sherman Central School, Daisy Ferguson of Clymer Central School, Ana Pavlock and Madison Russo of Bemus Point Central School, Mariana Waite of Cassadaga Valley Central School, Sydney Aldrich of Fredonia Central School, Courtney Russo of Washington Middle School, Asako Nakamoto of Southwestern Central School, and Jeana Helman of Forestville Central School.

Finalists unable to attend were Meghan Nolan of Bemus Point Central School, Jack Carlson of Fredonia Central School and Branda Burick of Sherman Central School.