MATForce Youth Poster Contest winners

ATForce announces that Alexa Scholl, a 13-year-old student from Granite Mountain Middle School in Prescott, is the First Place winner of the annual MATForce Youth Poster Contest held to recognize April Substance Abuse Awareness Month. Alexa's winning poster gives youth and adults alike a powerful anti-drug message of "Love Yourself - Don't Drug Yourself."

Alexa received her $300 cash award at the annual MATForce Mixer before an audience of 150 community members. Her poster will be featured on MATForce substance abuse awareness materials throughout 2011.

Over 500 students throughout Yavapai County participated in the contest. MATForce Executive Director Merilee Fowler said, "The response to the contest by area youth was outstanding. Each student created a poster showing the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. We wish to thank all the students, teachers and schools that participated. Each student helped spread a healthy living and drug-free message throughout our community."

Category winners were awarded by age. Each winner received a $25 gift card. Category winners include: Age 5/6 McKayla Merwin, Daniel Bright Elementary; Age 7/8 Nipuna Ginige, Daniel Bright Elementary; Age 9/10 Phillip Grass, Jr., Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters; Age 11/12 Joshua Espinoza, Glassford Hill Middle School; Age 13/14 was a tie: Neal Widrick, Glassford Hill Middle School and Rinana Marzano, Mingus Mountain Academy; Age 15/16 Ashley Lorraine, Mingus Mountain Academy; Age 17/18 Michelle Carrol, Mingus Mountain Academy.

Additionally, MATForce would like to congratulate the Honorable Mention winners, which include: Hailey Lowry, Drake Hawk and Jackson of Willow Creek Charter School; R. Bennett Bailey IV, Megan Rose Hiers, a home schooled student; Mathew Geyer and Angel Brady of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters; Ray Tayler, student; Daja Dorsey, Alicia Weaver, Emily Hachman, Jaylene Jones, Hannah Madler, Esperanza Calderon, Justine Pieczarka, Tammy Diamond and Julia Fields of Glassford Hill Middle School; Madison Weinrich and Lily Tisdale of Granville Kailee Bennett Elementary School; Tonishia Lewis, Jordan Aquilino and Mariah Stewart of Mingus Mountain Academy; Kaitlyn Laurel Terrey of American Heritage Academy; Chasity Fisher and Emma Tom, Prescott Valley Charter School; Sarah Lemcke, Hunter Narvesen, Jonathon Postgate and Ashley David of Chino Valley High School; and Jerry Hernandez of Cottonwood Middle School.

MATForce commends each of these students for speaking out against substance abuse.

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