Alcohol Poster Contest Winners

Alcohol Poster Contest Winners Effectively Capture This Year’s Theme
Posted on 03/06/2019

More than 600 entries from more than 49 schools and community centers were submitted to the ninth annual Alcohol Prevention Poster Contest, demonstrating that the community has made prevention of underage drinking a priority. This year’s theme was “Superhero Me, Alcohol Free", which promotes a message that in order to be a community hero, one must lead a healthy lifestyle.

The artistic committee judges narrowed down the choices to 15 students, five from elementary, middle, and high school respectively. One student from each category was selected as the “Critic’s Choice” and the community’s online votes determined the “People’s Choice” winners.

Additionally, two students received scholarships from sponsoring organizations. The Hanley Center Foundation awarded Pareto Raymond its $1,000 scholarship. He is a 12th grader from South Tech Academy. Alena Diaz, a 12th grader from John I. Leonard High School, was selected to receive the $1,000 Judy Carerra’s Scholarship.

In the video category, students created a 30-60 second Public Service Announcement video on why teens should choose to be alcohol-free. The Michael Joseph Brink Foundation awarded $500 to 11th grader Sebastian Munoz from John I. Leonard High School, for his creative, positive video highlighting the fact that real friends help each other make the right choices and choose school over alcohol. Over the years, this contest along with the collaboration of sponsors and other strategies continues to have a big impact on the community. 

“Since surpassing our goal in 2018 with 84 percent of middle and high school teens in the county choosing an alcohol-free lifestyle, we are more motivated and determined than ever to continue down this path to helping create a drug-free Palm Beach County,” said Alexa Lee, Director of Programs for the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition.

The winning posters are displayed on all District school buses and the students received a $100 gift card. Below are the contest finalists and winners:

Elementary School Winners

  • Sarah Gunning Grade: K Sandpiper Shores Elementary People’s Choice
  • Mara Popa Grade: 5 Binks Forest Elementary School Critic’s Choice

Middle School Winners

  • Ava Detassis Grade: 6 Christa McAuliffe Middle School People’s Choice
  • Vasishta Karlapudi Grade: 6 Bak Middle School of the Arts Critic’s Choice

High School Winners

  • Haley Keller Grade: 11 Wellington High School People’s Choice
  • Marisol Cubillos Grade: 12 South Tech Academy Critic’s Choice

Elementary School Finalists

  • Elizabeth Boxold Grade: 5 Binks Forest Elementary
  • Mya Chastine Grade: 5 Glade View Elementary
  • Bernice Sanchez Grade: 3 Glade View Elementary

Middle School Finalists

  • Zaria Clemons Grade: 7 The Conservatory School
  • Anne Doval Grade: 6 Bak Middle School of the Arts
  • Alexa Watson Del Valle Grade: 8 The Conservatory School

High School Finalists

  • Ginna Casgas Grade: 10 Jupiter High School
  • Nehemie Perpilus Grade: 10 Lake Worth High School
  • Timothy Vo Grade: 11 Park Vista High School

This project is a collaboration between the School District of Palm Beach County’s Single School Culture Initiatives, the Department of Transportation Services, the Department of Communications & Engagement, and community partners including the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition, Hanley Foundation, Michael Joseph Brink Foundation, South Florida Fair, Rotary Club of Wellington, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Florida SADD and MADD, Boy Scouts Gulfstream Council, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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