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Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Jerry Fischer, Director


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 26, 2003
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Maureen Sczpanski, ABC (609) 984-2529
Angela Conover, Partnership for a Drug Free NJ,
201-798-7171

Winners Announced in Calendar/Billboard Contest Designed to Help Middle School Students Understand the Dangers of Underage Drinking

 


Trenton – The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), in conjunction with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, today announced the winners in an innovative calendar/billboard design contest that helps middle school students learn about the dangers of underage drinking.

 

Director of ABCIn its second year, the program was designed to encourage middle school students to work with their parents on creating billboard messages that depict the dangers of illicit alcohol use by young people. This year’s program, which is funded through federal grant money awarded to the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey by the ABC, produced 457 entries from throughout the State. Thirteen winning messages were selected from these submissions and will be featured on a calendar to be distributed to middle schools this Fall. One message will be featured each month, and the grand prize winning message will be displayed on the calendar’s front cover. Additionally, the grand prize winning message, unveiled at today’s press conference, will be reproduced on highway billboards around the State. The grand prize winner also received a $500 savings bond.

Announcing WinnerAccording to ABC Director Jerry Fischer, the program is a critical tool in helping the State combat underage drinking.

“If we are to succeed in our efforts to combat the abuse of alcohol by our children, we must recognize that it is imperative that the process of parental involvement and talking to our children must start and continue at an early age, when our young people are forming their habits and social values,” Director Fischer said. “This initiative is helping us accomplish that by having both parent and child play an equal part in raising awareness about the dangers of underage drinking.”

“The mission of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey has always been to raise the level of discussion on the issues of drug and alcohol abuse among New Jersey’s families,” said Partnership Chairman Joseph P. Miele. “Research has consistently shown that the most important education a child will ever get is the one they receive at home. The impact of this innovative program can be best judged by the power of the messages that were submitted by the students. Indeed, families are realizing that underage drinking is a real problem.”

Director with Winner

The finalists, the grand prize winner and their schools are listed below: Grand Prize Winner: Loriel Letizia, St. Veronica’s School, Howell, Monmouth County. Finalists: Meredith Malm, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Highlands, Monmouth County; Colleen King, Christ the King Regional School, Haddonfield, Camden County; Timothy Pendolino, Colonia Middle School, Colonia, Middlesex County; Kim Konopka, Glen Meadow Middle School, Vernon, Sussex County; Jackie Lou Ferrer, Belleville Middle School, Belleville, Essex County; Chris Early, Woodbridge Middle School, Woodbridge, Middlesex County; Willard Reasoner, Kingwood Twp. School, Frenchtown, Hunterdon County; Katie McKenna Attinello, Kingwood Twp. School, Frenchtown, Hunterdon County; Chelsea Ruhland, Kingwood Twp. School, Frenchtown, Hunterdon County; Alexzandra Earley, St. Elizabeth School, Linden, Union County; Vince Patrick Sioco, St. Elizabeth School, Linden, Union County; and Blaine Caslin, St. Veronica’s School, Howell, Monmouth County.

Photo of All Winners

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 Attachment: Photos of Winning Designs

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Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
P. O. Box 087
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Last Updated: Monday, September 8, 2003 2:25 PM