School Bus Alcohol Prevention Media Contest

Students Excel in School Bus Alcohol Prevention Media Contest
Posted on 02/20/2020
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Fifteen student winners and finalists were chosen in the annual School Bus Alcohol Prevention Media Contest. This is the 10th anniversary of the contest, and this year’s theme “In it to Win it! Alcohol Free," reminds students that being alcohol-free is the best way to succeed in academics, sports, or their other goals.

An artistic committee of judges from Art Synergy narrowed down the entries to the 15 winners, with one student from each school level category selected to represent the “Critic’s Choice”, and the community’s online votes used to determine the “People’s Choice” winners. 

The Hanley Center Foundation awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Nehemie Perpilus, an 11th-grader from Lake Worth Community High School. Liyah Miles, a 12th-grader from South Tech Academy was selected to receive the $1,000 Judy Carerra’s Scholarship. 

All winning posters will be placed inside the District’s school buses, where 60,000 students view them each day, thereby spreading the important message of making responsible choices about alcohol.

In the video PSA category, students created a 30-60 second video on why teens should choose to be alcohol-free. The Michael Joseph Brink Foundation awarded $500 to Janelle Puckering and Kristina Robinette from A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, for their submission.

“We are proud to lift the arts while also sending a clear and concise message to Palm Beach County students that underage drinking is never a healthy choice,” said Alexa Lee, Director of Programs for the Palm Beach County Behavioral Health Coalition. “It is incredible to think that more than 7,000 students have participated in the contest since its inception, and the impact of their work has helped the number of students who report being alcohol-free rise from 68% in 2010 to 84% today.” 

Below are the winners and finalists in the School Bus Alcohol Prevention Media Contest:

Elementary School Winners

• Quinn Kuntize – Grade 4, Binks Forest Elementary: Critic’s Choice

• Aiden Mitchell – Grade 4, Binks Forest Elementary: People’s Choice

Middle School Winners

• Jocelyn Healy – Grade 6, Bak Middle School of the Arts: Critic’s Choice

• Melanie Schmidt – Grade 6, Bak Middle School of the Arts: People’s Choice

High School Winners

• Liudis Rodriguez Cubas – Grade 12, John I. Leonard High: People’s Choice

• Elisha Kerby – Grade 12, John I. Leonard High: Critic’s Choice

South Florida Fair Winner

• Roshini Padala – Grade 7, Woodlands Middle

Elementary School Finalists

• Braylin Burgess – Grade 3, Glade View Elementary

• Madison Hale – Grade 2, Glade View Elementary

• Angela Pereira – Grade 4, Binks Forest Elementary

Middle School Finalists

• Macy Tam – Grade 8, Woodlands Middle

• Amanda Wang – Grade 6, Bak Middle School of the Arts

High School Finalists

• Jehu Emilcar – Grade 12, South Tech Academy

• Katherine Ledsome – Grade 10, South Tech Academy 

• Rosario Uribe  Grade 11, South Tech Academy

The contest 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 Behavioral Health Coalition, Hanley Foundation, Michael Joseph Brink Foundation, South Florida Fair, Rotary Club of Wellington, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Florida SADD and MADD, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The School District of Palm Beach County