The Knights of Columbus and Youngstown Diocesan elementary schools recently concluding the annual Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest.
Together, the Knights of Columbus with the endorsement and support of Bishop George Murry, and the Diocese of Youngstown Schools with Mary Fiala, the Knights continue programs to promote drugs and alcohol awareness with kids.
For the contest, students are encouraged to develop an original poster and slogan idea designed to discourage their peers from experimenting with drugs and alcohol.
The poster contest is open to all boys and girls ages eight to 14 and was offered to all 28 Diocesan elementary schools with winning entries progressing through the Diocese and state levels of competition and on to the national and international level. The winning entries will serve as the basis for the series of anti-substance abuse posters. The posters are distributed throughout the countries in which the Knights of Columbus has a presence.
Overall 1,100 students participated and the 2011-12 winners are: Francesca Santon from St. Charles, Alexa Pecorelli and Celina Lindsay, both from St. Michael in Canton, and Michelle Whittlesey from St. Joseph in Randolph.
The winners receive a first place certificate and their posters are sent to state competition for further judging.