Student winners named in drug-abuse poster contest
MONTICELLO, NY — Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan hosted the awards ceremony for the 24th annual Alcohol, Tobacco, Gambling, and Drug Abuse Poster Contes at the Sullivan County Government Center. The annual contest, hosted in recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, celebrates the creative and artistic talent of Sullivan County students while promoting an important message of prevention.
The theme for this year’s poster contest was: “I’m the Real Me: When Choosing To Be: Alcohol, Tobacco, Gambling and Drug Free.” The grand prize winner for the Spanish language poster was Julia Almodoval, an eighth grader at Liberty Middle School. The grand-prize winner for the English language poster was Isabella Mundy, a 10th-grade student at Sullivan West High School. Each grand-prize winner received a $250 cash award, and their winning posters were professionally printed and are being distributed to school districts, businesses, and non-profit and government agencies throughout Sullivan County.
In addition to the grand prizes, awards were presented for first, second, and third prize, as well as honorable mention. This year, 194 students participated from Benjamin Cosor Elementary (Fallsburg), Fallsburg Jr./Sr. High School, George Ross MacKenzie Elementary School (Eldred), Liberty Middle and High School, Roscoe Central and Livingston Manor Elementary. The posters were judged by a team of community volunteers.
The poster contest is co-hosted each year by the Sullivan County Legislature. Contest sponsors included Anderman Oil, Dino Mavros Co., The Law Offices of John Ferrara, and Susan and Stephen Miller.
New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, District 100, a strong supporter of addiction and recovery services, also attended the ceremony to view the posters and extend her congratulations to this year’s winners. Gunther serves as chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Mental Health.
Martin Colavito, Catholic Charities Director of Prevention Services, who served as the master of ceremony for the awards program, said, “The students put a lot of thought and creativity into their posters and take time to reflect on the theme and the issues of addiction and abuse. Each year, the students come up with new and meaningful ways to explore the theme and share it with their peers.”