SCRANTON — Several elementary school students from Our Lady of Peace in Clarks Green are among the winners of a holiday poster contest sponsored by the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs in conjunction with the Lackawanna County District Attorney.
The Elementary Poster Contest winners will have their artwork displayed as monthly billboards, sponsored by Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon, promoting messages for parents and youth on how to reduce underage drinking. First-place winners include: January – Lily Kutz, Our Lady of Peace; February – Giovanni Ramos, St. Clare/St. Paul; March – Annie Johnson, Our Lady of Peace; April – Julia Murphy, Carbondale Area; May – Hayley Nolan, Lakeland Elementary; June – Alexis Straw, Our Lady of Peace; July – Chloe Mendicino, Our Lady of Peace; August – Yagandra Kami, John Adams Elementary; September – Anna Millett, Our Lady of Peace; October – Kirstin Murnock, Our Lady of Peace; November – Meredith Baker, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel; and December – Natalina DeNaples, Our Lady of Peace.
The prevention messages in the Honorable Mention category will also be featured on monthly billboards. Receiving Honorable Mention awards arere: January – Monica Lam, Our Lady of Peace; February - Rosa Figueroa, de Paul School; March - Grace Osborne, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel; April - Talia Emiliani, Our Lady of Peace; May - Zoey Fawcett, Lakeland Elementary; June - Samantha Greenfield, All Saints Academy; July - Grace Devine, Our Lady of Peace; August - Ruby Rodriguez, John Adams Elementary; September - Allie Romanchick, All Saints Academy; October - Abryana Hewitt, Riverside East; November - Isabelle Normandia, All Saints Academy; and December - Clare Conaboy, Our Lady of Peace.
High school finalists include: Christine Kate DeNucci, sophomore, Dunmore High School, first place; Olivia Carling, junior, North Pocono High School, second place; Eugene Hall, senior, Dunmore High School, third place. Honorable mentions were awarded to Annabella Massaro, junior, Dunmore High School, and Jacqueline Cunha, sophomore, Scranton High School.
The first-place artwork, which was unveiled at the reception, will serve as the program’s Holiday Campaign theme. It will be featured in the media, displayed on three billboards, and 5,000 buttons throughout the community. The program will provide the materials to County SADD chapters whose students will display the posters throughout their schools and have the choice of distributing the buttons to share the prevention message or also selling them to further SADD’s prevention efforts at their schools.
There were more than 1,000 entries from 20 Lackawanna County schools, grades 1-12, in this year’s countywide contest. Winners were honored during a reception held Nov. 29 at the Scranton Cultural Center were awards were presented by Scanlon.