Local kids acknowledged for drug-poster creationsA large crowd gathered last week Monday night in the Hudson High School auditorium for the St. Croix district attorney’s 22nd annual Stop Drugs Poster Contest award night.
By: Margaret Ontl, River Falls Journal
A large crowd gathered last week Monday night in the Hudson High School auditorium for the St. Croix district attorney’s 22nd annual Stop Drugs Poster Contest award night.
Students from throughout St. Croix County participated in the event, including winners from River Falls, Hudson, Hammond, Somerset and New Richmond.
The contest is open to students in fourth through seventh grade.
This year over 1,200 students participated.
Seventeen volunteers served as judges this year. Forty winning students, ten in each grade, won a $50 Visa gift card.
Six River Falls students’ drawing were selected as winners: fourth grade, Cheenou Lor, Rocky Branch Elementary; Ben Matheson, Rocky Branch Elementary; and Ayden Veness, Rocky Branch Elementary; sixth graders: Elsa Putzier, Meyer Middle School; and Miranda Kieren, Meyer Middle School; and seventh grader Gina Filkins, Meyer Middle School.
Alex Gibson, a fifth-grade student from Trinity Academy in Hudson, won the grand prize.
Three students’ posters from each grade, out of the 10 finalists, are chosen to be on the calendar.
The following students’ posters were chosen for this year’s calendar: Cheenou Lor, Ben Matheson and Elsa Putzier from River Falls; Mason Dado, Kiley Bartlett, Brooke Olson, Anna Veenendall, Taylor Casey and Chloe Germain from Hudson; and Jared Simon, Hannah Waskosky and Jessica Headlee from Somerset.
Parents, family and friends were entertained this year by Brian Richards, a professional education entertainer.
Richards presented an interactive program using magic and student volunteers from the audience to reinforce the message “Drugs Free that’s Me.”
Richards, using an assortment of magic tricks, relayed messages about perceptions and the effects of drug use, not only on the user but family, friends and the community.
The audience and the students appeared to find his message meaningful as well as entertaining.
Anyone interested in obtaining the 2013 Stop Drugs Calendar, should contact the district attorney’s office at (715) 386-4658. A suggested donation is $5 per calendar or three for $10.