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Lackawanna – Susquehanna Drug & Alcohol 2013 Poster Winners

Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs

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Lackawanna County Commissioners:* Corey D. O’Brien* Jim Wansacz *

Patrick M. O’Malley 

On Monday, December 9th, a Candlelight Vigil and Holiday Reception was held and sponsored by Lackawanna Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, in conjunction with Lackawanna College, Wells Fargo Bank, Lackawanna County District Attorney, and MADD. The annual event took place at LackawannaCollege. The Vigil is in remembrance of those killed and injured by drunk drivers and for their families, as well as to alert the community to the necessity of celebrating sober.  Traditionally, Allied Services has been a strong supporter of the campaign. Reverend Kristian Bjornstad, Peace Lutheran Church, offered the invocation; Karen Kane, Chairperson of the Lackawanna County M.A.D.D. Chapter, honored individuals killed by drunk drivers and Bob Young, Luzerne County M.A.D.D., presented a DUI victim’s story.  Musical selections were performed by Lutheran Academy Choir.

Following the vigil, guests were invited inside for the 2013 Holiday Awards Reception.  Awards were presented by Dr. Paul Kaczmarcik, President, Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs Advisory Council; Jeanne Rosencrance, District Attorney Trauma Psychologist; and Paul Story, District Manager Scranton/Pike Wells Fargo Bank; to the student poster contest winners. There were 1,600 entries from 27 Lackawanna County schools, grades 1-12, for this year’s annual countywide holiday poster contest.

The five high school finalists who were honored at the vigil  included:  Ramsha Islam, First Place – Dunmore High, Grade 12; Rebecca Brzenski, Second Place – Dunmore High, Grade 12; Kerrie Eberhart, Third Place – Valley View High, Grade 12; Mia Esgro, Honorable Mention – Carbondale Jr./Sr. High, Grade 12; Lenny Benfante, Honorable Mention – Dunmore High, Grade 12.

The first place artwork, which was unveiled at the reception, will serve as the Single County Authority’s (SCA) Holiday Campaign theme. It will be featured in the media, displayed on 2 billboards, 3,000 buttons, 50 posters throughout the community, as well as at the Wells Fargo Bank in central city. The SCA will provide the materials to countySADD 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. High School Recognition Winners will be featured on a poster calendar, as well.

The Elementary Poster Contest winners will have their artwork displayed in a 2014 prevention poster calendar, sponsored by Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, as well as monthly billboards, sponsored by the Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola, III promoting messages for parents and youth on how to reduce underage drinking.  Monthly winners included:   January – Jonathan Baker, De Paul School;  February – Christina Shaffern, St. Clare/St. Paul;  March – Caroline Kranick, La Salle Academy;  April  – Lacey Bloom, Carbondale Jr./Sr. High;  May  – Kiera Flannery, Our Lady of Peace;   June – Leahy O’Connor, La Salle Academy;  July – Mercedes Phillips, Prescott;  August – Giavanna Basile, Prescott;  September –  Gracie Secor, Riverside East; October – Ava Krenitsky, Our Lady of Peace;  November –  Finn Kane, Our Lady of Peace; December – Lily Flanagan, Riverside East. The Elementary Recognition Winners will be produced on greeting cards to carry the message out during other holidays throughout the year, as well.

The prevention messages in the honorable mention category will also be featured on the poster calendar. Receiving honorable mention awards were: January – Kelly Coolican, All Saints Academy; February – Stephani Stiner, All Saints Academy;  March – Darlene Duverge, All Saints Academy;  April – Heather Bailey, La Salle Academy; May – Maggie Flynn, All Saints Academy;  June – Isabel Bekele, La Salle Academy;  July – Rebecca Miller, La Salle Academy; August – Amelia Esgro, La Salle Academy;  September – Nora Betts, The Lutheran Academy; October – Hannah Johns, Riverside East;  November – Scott Ohmnacht, La Salle Academy;  and December – Brynn Tierney, La Salle Academy.

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