Putnam County youths put their creativity to good use during a recent billboard contest sponsored by the Putnam Wellness Coalition.

The theme of the contest was to create a thought provoking picture of positive activities youth enjoy and participate in instead of using marijuana or factual information on the negative effects of marijuana use. Vaping and/or Juuling can be included. It was open to all Putnam County youth in grades six through 12.

The Marijuana Workgroup, a task team of the Putnam Wellness Coalition, along with other members assisted in choosing the winner. The workgroup and members reviewed 34 submissions and anonymously choose a winner by voting for their favorite design.

The Putnam Wellness Coalition selected and announced the Overall Grand Prize winner at their April 13 monthly meeting. Cameron Elmore, a senior from Winfield High School was the Overall Grand Prize winners with “Don’t Be a Nico-Teen.”

Congratulations to Cameron Elmore, who received $200 in movie passes from Frank’s Theaters, and three second-place winners, who each received $10 in movie passes from Frank’s Theaters. Victoria Huffman from Poca High School with “The Juul is Not Cool” #Don’t Juul, and from Winfield Middle School were two winners, Emma Miller with “In Order to Succeed – Don’t Smoke Weed” and Kennedy Dean with “Quitting Marijuana is a Joint Effort.”

The Putnam Wellness Coalition wants to thank all of this year’s winners and to all of those that entered the contest for lending their creativity to spread a positive message, getting information out and assisting us in making a difference in the community.

We are working with WV Outdoors to get Cameron’s billboard up along with a couple of marijuana social norming billboards showing that most middle and high school students don’t use marijuana and asking all youth to be part of the majority and not use. They should be up by mid- to late May 2018, so please keep an eye out for them.

The Putnam Wellness Coalition actively works with youth across the county in an effort to work together for a drug free community. The Coalition meets monthly on the second Friday of each month at the EMS Building in Winfield at 10:30 a.m.; all meetings are open to the public.

This activity was funded in part by a Drug Free Communities Support grant awarded through the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

From more information or questions, contact Bill O’Dell, Putnam Wellness Coalition Project Director, at [email protected]

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