COTTONWOOD -- MATForce announces that Jillian Eisenga, a 10th-grade student from American Heritage School in Cottonwood, is the first-place winner of the MATForce Poster Contest held in April to recognize Substance Abuse Awareness Month. Jillian won $300 for her poster, which reminds all to "Say Nope to Dope." The poster will be featured on MATForce substance abuse awareness materials throughout 2009.
Six-hundred students throughout Yavapai County participated in the contest. Captain Steve Francis of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and a member of the MATForce Steering Committee said, "Each of the posters submitted depicted a strong anti-drug abuse message. With so many outstanding entries, the judges had a difficult task choosing the winners. We wish to thank all students who participated in this contest and commend their outstanding efforts to spread the anti-substance abuse message."
Aubrey Alvey, an 8th-grade student at Cottonwood Middle School, earned second place in the contest winning $200. The Third Place winner of $100 was Miranda Greer, a 12th grade student of Mayer High School. A special Yavapai College tuition credit award was awarded to Taylor Haynes, a 9th grade student at Prescott High School.
Students who received Honorable Mention Awards received a t-shirt and jump drive. Winners included: Abby Musgove, Heritage Middle School; Allyson E., Taylor Hicks Elementary; Beth Anyalbin, Canyon; Jamie Nichols, Mingus Springs Charter School; Jayna Wagster, Mountain View Elementary School; Josh Serin, West Sedona School; Justin Pacheco, Bagdad Elementary; Kati Phelps, Mingus Union HS; Kylie Yuntz; Lindsey Koeppe, Mingus Union HS; Mason Dewey, Tavasci Elementary; Matt Joannes, Mile High MS; Sara Davidson, Lincoln School; Sirilak Saengsawang, Cottonwood MS; Stephanie Garcia, Glassford Hill MS; Taylor Haynes, Prescott HS; Tori Mathews, Camp Verde HS.
Other outstanding posters earned "Road Show" recognition as they will be displayed at various MATForce events. Students earning this recognition included: Kenia Estrada, Mingus Union HS; Frida Contreras, Bagdad HS; Charelle Burson, COCSD; Arron Flanigein, GHMS; Jazmine Fullbright, Camp Verde HS; Garett Huston, Canyon School; Kalyssa Valley.