Stamp Out Smoking Announces Winners of 2014 Coloring Contest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 18, 2014) – The 2014 Stamp Out Smoking (SOS) coloring contest received almost 18,000 entries from nearly 100 elementary schools across Arkansas. The activity was open to Arkansas students in kindergarten through third grades who were encouraged to color artwork featuring this year’s theme, “Natural State vs. the Tobacco State.” Winning artwork can be viewed at stampoutsmoking.com.

In addition to individual prizes for students, schools that had 100 percent of their eligible students participate were entered in a drawing.  This year, Bismarck Early Childhood in Bismarck was drawn, and it will receive $1,000 to purchase art supplies.  The individual winners of the 2014 coloring contest are as follows:

Kindergarten (Natural State)

  • 1st Place – Addison Gaul, Hugh Goodwin Elementary School, El Dorado
  • 2nd Place – Abby Brown, Springhill Elementary School, Alexander
  • 3rd Place – Nicholas Bailey, Jessieville Elementary School, Jessieville

Kindergarten (Tobacco State)

  • 1st Place – Elisha Curtwright, Central Magnet Elementary School, Batesville
  • 2nd Place – Dayquan Matlock, Jessieville Elementary School, Jessieville
  • 3rd Place – Owen George, Morrilton Primary School, Morrilton

First Grade (Natural State)

  • 1st Place – Dyelon Caradine, Malvern Elementary School, Malvern
  • 2nd Place – Faith Lawhorn, Prairie Grove Primary School, Prairie Grove
  • 3rd Place – McKenna Pymn, Jessieville Elementary School, Jessieville

First Grade (Tobacco State)

  • 1st Place – Ansley Ball, Hugh Goodwin Elementary School, El Dorado
  • 2nd Place – Emma McKissen, Nemo Vista Elementary School, Center Ridge
  • 3rd Place – Kevin Merritt, Malvern Elementary School, Malvern

Second Grade (Natural State)

  • 1st Place – Kaylee Nicole Nipper, West Side Greers Ferry Elementary School, Greers Ferry
  • 2nd Place – Karsen Harst, Booneville Elementary School, Booneville
  • 3rd Place – Shelby Lynn Duckworth, Robert L. Davis Elementary School, Shannon Hills

Second Grade (Tobacco State)

  • 1st Place – Kaile Sysakayavong, Mansfield Elementary School, Mansfield
  • 2nd Place – Kaylee Hill, Marion Elementary School, Marion
  • 3rd Place – William Bryant, Otter Creek Elementary School, Little Rock

Third Grade (Natural State)

  • 1st Place – Emma Hale, Academics Plus Charter School, Maumelle
  • 2nd Place – Jetson Wagner, Lavaca Elementary School, Lavaca
  • 3rd Place – Bella Reynolds, Bergman Elementary School, Bergman

Third Grade (Tobacco State)

  • 1st Place – Emma Watkins, Hugh Goodwin Elementary School, El Dorado
  • 2nd Place – Brody Weeden, Mansfield Elementary School, Mansfield
  • 3rd Place – Johnathan Blake Robinson, Malvern Elementary School, Malvern

“Our youth lend valuable insight when it comes to fighting against the tobacco industry. The passion, creativity and sincerity of their work offer a unique lens through which we can view their world and ideally, envision a better one,” Michelle Snortland, branch chief for the Arkansas Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, said.

“SOS Youth and Community Activities like the coloring contest not only engage and educate youth, but also inform educators and tobacco control advocates about how to better reach students when it comes to creating a dialogue about the dangers of tobacco.”

The SOS coloring contest is one of many SOS prevention programs aimed at keeping youth from starting tobacco, giving them a voice to speak up and out against a deadly product. Prevention programs have proven to be a key component in driving down youth smoking rates. Teachers from participating schools commented that the contest was an easy way to address important health issues in their classes.

Cigarette smoking among high school students in Arkansas has declined from 25.9 percent in 2005 to 18.2 percent in 2011. Through participation in this activity other youth and community activities and programs, Arkansas youth are helping change social and behavioral norms related to smoking and other tobacco use.