LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 25, 2014) – The 2014 Stamp Out Smoking art contest received more than 200 entries from more than 12 schools across Arkansas in its first year of implementation through high schools. The contest was open to Arkansas students in ninth through twelfth grades, who were eligible to win prizes for creating artwork featuring this year’s theme, “Natural State vs. the Tobacco State.” Winning artwork can be viewed at Stampoutsmoking.com.
The individual winners of the 2014 art contest are as follows:
1st – Grace Persson, Sylvan Hills High School, Sherwood
2nd – Tyshawn Brown, Blytheville High School, Blytheville
3rd – Hannah Livingston, Greenbrier Junior High School, Greenbrier
1st – Raeanne Kiihnl, Searcy High School, Searcy
2nd – Andrea Beyer, West Memphis Christian School, West Memphis
3rd – Chasity Gibb, Sylvan Hills High School, Sherwood
1st – Gabriel Persson, Sylvan Hills High School, Sherwood
2nd – Riley Casher, Southside High School, Fort Smith
3rd – Ashton Martin, Sylvan Hills High School, Sherwood
1st – Alikė Miller, Sylvan Hills High School, Sherwood
2nd – Rachel Phillips, Sylvan Hills High School, Sherwood
3rd – Amanda Morea, Cornerstone Christian Academy, Searcy
“Approximately 5,100 adults die each year from smoking in Arkansas. If we can reach youth through tobacco prevention efforts and messaging, we can help to prevent them from becoming life-long cigarette smokers and as a result, significantly reduce the number of preventable deaths in Arkansas. We must continue to engage youth through participation in contests like this one to help improve the health of Arkansans today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Gary Wheeler, medical director for the Arkansas Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program.
The SOS art contest is one of many SOS prevention programs aimed at keeping youth from starting tobacco. Prevention programs have proven to be a key component in driving down youth smoking rates. Teachers from participating schools noted the contest was an easy way to address important health issues in their classes.