2011 Holiday Campaign and Poster Contest Winners


Carbondale Area junior Kristine Lewis displays her first place poster for the Lackawanna Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs 2011 Holiday Campaign.

Scranton , PA – The Lackawanna Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, in conjunction with Wells Fargo Bank, the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office, MADD, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, and Cal Ideas, announces the winners of the 2011 Holiday Campaign and Poster Contest.

The five high school finalists , who received bonds from Wells Fargo Bank, included: Kristine Lewis, First Place, Carbondale Area , Grade 11; Michaela Sheehan, Second Place – Dunmore High, Grade 11; Vivian Cooper, Third Place – Dunmore High, Grade 11; Sara Bolus, Honorable Mention- Dunmore High, Grade 12; Ann Duncan, Honorable Mention – Dunmore High, Grade 12.

The first place artwork will be featured in the media and displayed on six billboards, (partially contributed by Lamar Outdoor Advertising), 6,000 buttons and 200 posters throughout the community, as well as at the Wells Fargo Bank in Central City. The materials will also be provided 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 selling them to further SADD’s prevention efforts at their schools.

The Elementary Poster Contest winners will have their artwork displayed in a 2012 prevention calendar promoting messages for parents and youth on how to reduce underage drinking sponsored by Lackawanna Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs. TheCalendar Cover Design was submitted by Nick Novobilski – Carbondale Jr. /Sr. High. Monthly winners included: January – Virginia Farrell, St. Clare/St. Paul; February – Bridget Connolly, Carbondale Jr./Sr. High; March – Zoe Nagle, Carbondale Jr./Sr. High; April – Connor Pozza, Carbondale Jr./Sr. High; May – Maria Terrinoni, Our Lady of Peace; June – Emma Connolly, La Salle Academy; July – Anna Cuff, Our Lady of Peace; August – Hannah Hughes, Our Lady of Peace; September – Maggie Flynn, All Saints Academy; October – Lilianne Bonin, La Salle Academy; November – Gracie Mariotti, Our Lady of Peace; December – Hayden Hosie, La Salle Academy.

The prevention messages in the honorable mention category were also featured in the calendar. Receiving honorable mention awards were: January – Abbey Donaldson, St. Clare/St. Paul; February – Monica Shaffern, St. Clare/St. Paul; March – Reilly Ruane, All Saints Academy; April – Dagny Rippon, Our Lady of Peace; May – Alexis Dutkevitch, La Salle Academy; June – Neena Beggin, La Salle Academy; July – Tara Lynott, St. Clare/St. Paul; August – Caroline Kranick, La Salle Academy; September – Joey Dougher, All Saints Academy; October – Rose Granet, St. Clare/St. Paul; November – Sarah Giacobbe, La Salle Academy; and December – Talia Emiliani, Our Lady of Peace.

The award winners were announced at a candelight vigil held at Wells Fargo Bank. 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. The Rev. Kristian Bjornstad, Peace Lutheran Church, offered the invocation; Sharon Martucci, Chairperson of the Lackawanna County MADD chapter honored individuals killed by drunk drivers and Rose Ann Artabane presented a DUI victim’s story. Musical selections were performed by Lutheran Academy Choir.

Following the vigil, guests were invited inside for the 2011 Holiday Awards Reception. Awards were presented by Mr. Robert Davis, Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Advisory Council; District Attorney Andy Jarbola; and Patricia Blahnik, District Manager, Wells Fargo Bank. There were 1,759 entries from 27 Lackawanna County schools in this year’s annual countywide holiday poster contest. Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien and former Commissioner Michael J. Washo gave remarks in support of the event.

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