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2014 Poster Contest Winners

“What Keeps Me Above the Influence?”

Congratulations! Ellysa Maze from Cassadaga Valley Central School is the Grand Prize winner of the 13th annual 2014 CASAC Alcohol Awareness Month Poster Contest.

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With over 300 posters entered, the winners are:

Category A—Grades 3, 4 & 5

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1st Place Kristen DeBicki, Sinclairville Elementary School

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2nd Place Ryan Malarkey, Jefferson Middle School

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3rd Place Britta Watkins, Bemus Point Elementary School

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Honorary Mention Molly Shafer, Southwestern Elementary School

Category B—Grades 6, 7 & 8

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1st Place Sarah Marucci, Jefferson Middle School

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2nd Place Michael Quigley, Washington Middle School

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3rd Place Mika Walters, Southwestern Middle School

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Honorary Mention Johnathan Cooper, Robert H. Jackson Elementary School

Category C—Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12

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Grand Prize Ellysa Maze, Cassadaga Valley Central School

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1st Place Meagan Tyler, Pine Valley Central School

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2nd Place Katherine Graczyk, Sherman Central School

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3rd Place Alyssa Caskey, Cassadaga Valley Central School

 

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.

Be the majority and live above the influence! It is important to get this message out to local youth that as long as they chose not to drink alcohol, they are the majority. According to a 2011 survey administered to Chautauqua County students, grades 7 through 12, over 75% of them did not drink alcohol in the past 30 days before taking the survey. But the survey also revealed that, of those who did drink alcohol, 36% drank it in a private home, their own or a friend’s.

Thank you to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant for financial support of the contest. A preliminary jury process to eliminate all but 12 finalists was done by Jamestown Community College art students under the direction of Associate Professor Yu Kanazawa. Serving as the final judges were County Executive Vince Horrigan , Director of Mental Hygiene Patricia Brinkman, JCC Adjunct Art Professor Heather Miller, and Angela Peck of Cummins Engines.

After the ceremony, all entries will be exhibited for two weeks at either the James Prendergast Library or the Fredonia Free Library in Fredonia, NY. Another recognition for the students will take be offered by NYS Assemblyman Andrew Goodell who will display the winning posters in the hallway near his office in the State Assembly Building in Albany. Finally, the 2014 Grand Prize poster will be matted and framed and will join the other twelve Grand Prize posters now on display at CASAC.

“Above the Influence!” is a national campaign sponsored by the Partnership at Drugfree.org which is dedicated to solving the problem of teen substance abuse, and is supported by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Their efforts in local communities focus on connecting directly with teens and local youth-serving organizations to deliver messages, activities, and support to help the nation’s youth stay “above the influence” of drugs, alcohol and risky behaviors. Multiple scientific findings indicate that teens who have increased exposure to, and engagement with the “Above the Influence” campaign, have stronger anti-drug beliefs than teens with low exposure to the campaign.

Once the 2014 award ceremony is over, planning for the 2015 contest will begin as the 12 final 2014 posters are designed into bookmarks to announce the 2015 contest, thus bringing this project full circle.

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The 2013 Grand Prize poster designed by Alexis Stanley of Panama Central School has been featured on billboards scattered around Chautauqua County.

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