Westminster, MD
04/28/2017 09:58 AM

The contest asked Carroll County middle school students to write a one minute audio PSA on withstanding peer pressure to use drugs and the dangers of opioid use, while Carroll County high school students were asked to create a storyboard for a one minute video PSA on recognizing the signs of unhealthy relationships and teen dating violence.  

“This year representatives from the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office gave presentations to approximately 2,000 middle school students on drug refusal skills and approximately 3,000 high school students on healthy relationships and recognizing the signs of teen-dating violence,” said Brian DeLeonardo, Carroll County State’s Attorney. “We were very impressed by the creativity and compassion of each of the participants. It is clear from their submissions that these students heard and understood the importance of these issues, and will continue to be positive influencers to their peers.”

The top three entries in each category were honored with awards and prizes.

Middle School Winners Include: First place: William Tobias - East Middle School, Second place: Mallory Scheuler - Sykesville Middle School, and Third place: Kyle McMahon - Sykesville Middle School.

The High School Winners were: First place: Delaney Debinski - Century High School, Second place: Logan Schooley - Winters Mill High School, and Third place – Adam Bowen - Westminster High School.

 “This contest allowed Carroll County students to show their talents and help spread an important message to their peers,” said Sherry Taylor, Marketing Director for the Community Media Center. “We hope that in the process of creating these PSA’s, a difference may be made for at least one young person who may be experiencing an unhealthy or abusive relationship, or struggling with the issue of drug use.”

Each of the first place winners will have their PSA’s produced, with the help of Community Media Center staff, and their work will be broadcast on media outlets throughout the county. 

Sherry Taylor
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