Student Features

Anti-bullying, anti-drug abuse posters contest winners announced

Feb 3, 2015

“Dear Cierra, don’t let drugs bury your dreams,” says a note to a “BFF” on a poster drawn by sixth grader Fatimah Abdulqaher of Philadelphia.

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are,” is one of the thoughts Tipanie Martinez, a freshman, wrote on her poster.

Their posters were among winners in an anti-bullying, anti-drug abuse poster contest sponsored by the PA Cyber Art Department and the Student Assistance Program. Some 58 posters were entered by students in grades K-12.

“Each year we hold a poster contest for Red Ribbon Week,” said Amy Zachewicz, fine arts supervisor. Red Ribbon Week is a drug prevention awareness program honoring the memory of DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, whose work uncovered a multimillion-dollar drug manufacturing operation. He was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by drug traffickers.

Zachewicz said that “this year PA Cyber also included an anti-bullying message with the poster theme of "Friends Don't Let Friends Bully or Do Drugs."

All participants received certificates. First, second and third place winners in each of four age categories received age-appropriate art supplies in kits: wooden boxes containing such items as sketchpads, positionable manikin figures, pencils or charcoal for drawing, and acrylic paints and brushes.

Best posters in kindergarten through grade 2 were: first place, Fatemah Khalfan, a first grader from Northampton; second place, Samantha DaCosta, a first grader from Albrightsville; and third place, Tressa Clark, a second grader from Export.

In grades 3-5, winners were: first place, Janelle Vanderbilt, a fifth grader from Erie; second place, Benjamin Barak, a third grader from Oakdale; and third place, Ann Secord, a fifth grader from Dillsburg.

Winners in grades 6-8 were: first place, Fatimah Abdulqahar, a sixth grader from Philadelphia; second place, Josie Dardiff, a seventh grader from North Huntington; and third place, Sydney Jones, an eighth grader from Carlisle.

For grades 9-12, winners were: first place, Suzanna Lunchenko, a freshman from York; second place, Tipanie Martinez, a freshman from Delta; and third place, Shayma Musa, a junior from Erie.

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