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2017 Poster Contest Winners

Chautauqua County students did their part to raise alcohol awareness this year with 325 posters being entered into the 16th annual Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council Alcohol Awareness Month Poster Contest. Maximus Campbell, a 10th grader at Falconer Central School, beat out 11 other finalists and 325 total entrants to win the $100 prize.

Students in grades 3-12 created posters with the theme, “Today We Choose Our Tomorrow.” “As the students designed their posters with this theme in mind, they had the opportunity to express how one decision can affect the rest of their lives,” said Melanie Witkowski, Executive Director of CASAC.

Photo: poster contest winners

Christine Schuyler, Commissioner of Chautauqua County Department of Social Services, Steven Cobb, Associate Director of Mental Health Association, Sheridan Smith, Producer at Kranky Plate Productions, and Billie Jean Hubert, Retired CASAC Associate Director and Advocate for the Oxford House judged the finalists’ posters based on the impacts of the message, integration of the theme, originality, creativity and design. Jamestown Community College art students and Professor Yu Kanazawa previously trimmed the field to 12.

Joslyn Brown, grade 5, and Emma Meyers, grade 11, both of Southwestern Central School and Makayla Press, grade 7, of Forestville Central School claimed first-place prizes in their respective categories and a $50 prize.

Reece Beaver, grade 5, Southwestern Central School, Julianna Main, grade 6, Robert H. Jackson Elementary School, Mika Walters, grade 9, Southwestern Central School won second place and a $25 prize.

Greta Bollman, grade 5, Robert H. Jackson Elementary School, Paige Zybert, grade 6, Cassadaga Valley Central School, Keely Bell, grade 9, Falconer Central School

Two students receiving honorable mention and awards of $15 were Addison Brassard, grade 5, Southwestern Central School and Ericka Binkley, grade 8, at Falconer Central School.

Maximus Campbell’s poster will be framed courtesy of Jamestown Frame and Glass and the finalists’ posters will be featured on 20,000 bookmarks next year distributed to county schools and libraries to announce the 2018 poster contest.

The 16th annual poster contest concluded April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Witkowski described the importance of the month and the contest. “The contest offers the community and organizations concerned about individuals, as well as families, the opportunity to work together to bring awareness to the issue of alcohol and awareness to the problem.”

CASAC would like to thank all students, schools, and youth agencies for participating in this year’s poster contest!

Past Winners