Twelve finalists have been selected from more than 300 poster entries that were submitted by the March 21 deadline. JCC students of Art Professor Yu Kanazawa volunteered to do the preliminary judging that eliminated all but the lucky twelve listed below.
"What Keeps Me Above the Influence?" is the theme for the 2014 poster contest sponsored by Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council and open to all county students grades 3 through 12. The 2013 Grand Prize poster designed by Alexis Stanley of Panama Central School has been featured on billboards scattered around Chautauqua County to announce the contest.
Serving as final judges at a ceremony on April 9 at the Prendergast Library in Jamestown will be County Executive Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County Director of Mental Hygiene Patricia Brinkman, Community Involvement Leader of Cummins, Inc. Angie Peck, and JCC Adjunct Art Professor Heather Miller. At the ceremony, the poster with the highest score overall will be awarded the 2014 Grand Prize and $100.
"Above the Influence!" is a national campaign sponsored by the Partnership at Drugfree.org which is dedicated to solving the problem of teen substance abuse, and is supported by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Their efforts in local communities focus on connecting directly with teens and local youth-serving organizations to deliver messages, activities and support to help the nation's youth stay "above the influence" of drugs, alcohol and risky behaviors. Multiple scientific findings indicate that teens who have increased exposure to, and engagement with the "Above the Influence" campaign, have stronger anti-drug beliefs than teens with low exposure to the campaign.
Since 1974, CASAC, a United Way supported agency, has provided prevention education and community awareness regarding alcohol and other drugs. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. For further information about CASAC services or this contest, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, the Dunkirk office at 366-4623, or go to CASAC's website, www.casacweb.org.
The 12 finalists are as follows:
Category A - grades 3-5
Bemus Point third grader Britta Watkins, teacher Mrs. Hanson
Sinclairville fifth grader Kristen DeBicki, teacher Mrs. Cunningham
Southwestern fourth grader Molly Schafer, teacher Mrs. Laurin
Jefferson Middle school fifth grader Ryan Malarkey, teacher Mr. Langworthy
Category B - grades 6-8
Jefferson Middle school eighth grader Sarah Marucci, teacher Mrs. Corey
Robert H. Jackson Elementary school sixth grader Johnathan Cooper, teacher Mrs. Caldwell
Washington Middle school eighth grader Michael Quigley, teacher Mr. Kyser
Southwestern sixth grader Mika Walters, teacher Ms. LaGrega
Category C - grades 9-12
Sherman eleventh grader Katherine Graczyk, teacher Mrs. Hawkins
Cassadaga Valley tenth grader Ellysa Maze, teacher Mrs. Russo
Pine Valley twelfth grader Meagan Tyler, teacher Mr. Mills
Cassadaga Valley tenth grader Alyssa Caskev, teacher Mrs. Russo