Press Release

  • Attorney General Beemer announces winners of 2016 Drug-Free Calendar Contest


    HARRISBURG — Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer today congratulated the winners of the Office of Attorney General's 20th annual Drug-Free Calendar Contest.

    The contest called on fifth-grade students from across the Commonwealth to create original artwork illustrating a drug-free message of their choice. The artwork of 13 students was selected to appear in the calendar, which is circulated throughout the Commonwealth in an effort to educate the public about the dangers of drug use.

    One student's artwork is displayed on the calendar's cover and the other 12 students’ artwork represent each month of the calendar year. The winning entries were chosen from 858 entries from 208 schools in 47 counties in Pennsylvania. The students' artwork was selected for inclusion in the calendar based on the artists' creativity and ability to illustrate and convey a drug-free message.

    "This contest creates an opportunity for the Office of Attorney General to connect with students and get them thinking about the dangers of drugs," Attorney General Beemer said. "We are extremely pleased that so many students took the time to help us share this important message."  

    The contest winners were invited today to the Attorney General's Strawberry Square office in Harrisburg, where they were guests at a luncheon. Staff from the office discussed the dangers of drugs with the students. Each student also received a prize and certificate.

    The following students were named the 2016 Drug-Free Calendar Contest winners:

    • Cover – Rhiannon Costanzo, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Wayne County

    • January – Katherine Morgan, Landisville Intermediate Center, Lancaster County

    • February – Jolene Hsu, Nether Providence Elementary School, Delaware County

    • March – Karim Ahmed, Kathryn D. Markley Elementary School, Chester County

    • April – Samantha Centofante, Edgewood Elementary School, Bucks County

    • May – Abby Lee, St. Michael School, Cambria County

    • June – Ariana Ramos, Arts Academy Elementary Charter School, Lehigh County

    • July – Avery Huber, Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School, Montgomery County

    • August – Xena Santiago, C. E. McCall Middle School, Lycoming County

    • September – William O’Bryan, Cecil Intermediate School, Washington County

    • October – Madison Glenn, Buffalo Elementary School, Butler County

    • November – Ava Rusignuolo, Highland Elementary School, Cumberland County

    • December – Tyler Janick, St. Michael the Archangel School, Lehigh County

    Agents and specialists from the Attorney General's office visit schools throughout the year to meet with children of all ages to educate them about the importance of being drug free. The programs feature customized lessons, interactive presentations and powerful messages that speak directly to the audience. 

    Visit www.attorneygeneral.gov or call the Office of Attorney General's Education and Outreach Unit at 1-800-525-7642 to learn more about the programs.

    The calendar contest is funded through the Community Drug Abuse Prevention Fund. Fines and penalties collected from certain types of offenses, such as driving under the influence, go toward the fund.

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