HARRISBURG, Pa., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today recognized more than 40 K-12 students who addressed the dangers of underage drinking by participating in the PLCB's 21st annual Alcohol Education Poster Contest.
"Alcohol is the most widely used drug among teenagers, so it is critically important to talk to children early in life about the dangers associated with drinking alcohol before the age of 21," said Joseph E. Brion, PLCB chairman. "The poster contest is intended to give parents and teachers the opportunity to start that important discussion to provide children the information they need to make a better choice when determining how they spend their free time."
More than 600 students from 30 counties across the commonwealth participated in this year's contest. Those students represent nearly 40 different school districts, both public and private. Their entries were judged on presentation and message. In the winning poster designs, students used wordplay such as "BE A-MAZE-ING, UNDERAGE DRINKING IS ALWAYS A DEAD END" with a picture of a maze; "BEING ALCOHOL FREE... IT'S YOUR CALL" with a picture of cell phones; and depicted healthier activities, such as playing music or sports.
"We are always encouraged by the response we get from these young artists and the creativity they display in their work," added Board Member Robert S. Marcus. "By participating in this program, the students are making a clear statement regarding the ramifications of underage drinking and promoting healthier choices in a way that their peers can understand, making their art an effective prevention tool."
The PLCB will use the student designs to create posters, bookmarks and coloring sheets to share with students throughout Pennsylvania. In addition, the grade winners will have their artwork reproduced in a calendar that will be distributed as well. For their efforts, students who created the winning entries will receive cash prizes.
The winning posters will be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg from April 15th through April 19th.
For more information about the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the annual Alcohol Education Poster Contest, visit www.lcb.state.pa.us.
Media contact: Stacy Kriedeman, 717-783-8864
Editor's Note: A list of contest winners follows:
Shayna Bashore, 8th Grade, Tulpehocken Junior High School
Ryder Huey, 8th Grade, Tulpehocken Junior High School
Shyanne Koenig, 8th Grade, Tulpehocken Junior High School
K. P. *, 8th Grade, Tulpehocken Junior High School
Leslea R. *, 8th Grade, Tulpehocken Junior High School
Olivia Stephan, 8th Grade, Tulpehocken Junior High School
Ella Martin, 4th Grade, Mars Elementary School
Armando Vargo, 2nd Grade, Mars Elementary School
Ashley Hoffman, 12th Grade, Weatherly High School
Philomena Maleski, 12th Grade, Weatherly High School
Glory B. *, 8th Grade, Downingtown Middle School
Hannah Garnace, 8th Grade, Downingtown Middle School
Andrew Reynolds, 11th Grade, Homeschool
Kerry Reynolds, 6th Grade, Homeschool
Kyle Reynolds, 9th Grade, Homeschool
Treelyn Kunz, 10th Grade, Maplewood High School
Natasha P. *, 9th Grade, Maplewood High School
Jenna Archer, 5th Grade, Broad Street Elementary School
Gianna Heil, 2nd Grade, Immaculata Academy Homeschool
Josemaria Heil, 9th Grade, Immaculata Academy Homeschool
Isaac Heil, 7th Grade, Immaculata Academy Homeschool
Meyako Hunter, 3rd Grade, Crestview Elementary School
Cole Matter, 5th Grade, Upper Allen Elementary School
Sarah Miller, 4th Grade, Upper Allen Elementary School
Deamonte Morales, 6th Grade, Mechanicsburg Middle School
Angelina Niu, 5th Grade, Northside Elementary School
Kara Weaver, 6th Grade, Mechanicsburg Middle School
Paige Westra, 8th Grade, Mechanicsburg Middle School
Morgan Imhof, Kindergarten Grade, Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School
Scott Liddick, Jr., Kindergarten Grade, Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School
Jordan Peiffer, 1st Grade, Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School
Cassidy Whitcomb, 1st Grade, Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School
Matthew Desrosiers, 10th Grade, Waynesburg Central High School
Melissa Jones, 12th Grade, Tussey Mountain High School
Casie Johnson, 9th Grade, Penn Manor High School
Taras Hrycenko, 12th Grade, Lehigh Valley Homeschool
Zenon Hrycenko, 5th Grade, Lehigh Valley Homeschool
Zenya Hrycenko, 7th Grade, Lehigh Valley Homeschool
Jamie Dorshimer, 12th Grade, Pleasant Valley High School
Katrina Holmes, 7th Grade, Spring Ford 7th Grade Center
Carly Rosenberger, 4th Grade, Colonial Elementary School
Nichole Kline, 12th Grade, Northampton Area High School
Nathaniel Heim, 12th Grade, Washington High School
Cyerrah Spangler, 9th Grade, Washington High School
Desmond Spinks, 10th Grade, Washington High School
*Some identifying information has been withheld by family request
SOURCE Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board