And the winners are ...
Two Clay County fifth-grade students were honored by the Clay County Health Department (CCHD) Tuesday after their drawings were selected to be placed on billboards warning of the dangers of smoking.
CCHD Community Health Educator Beulah Hofmann told The Brazil Times the selection process was difficult.
"We had a lot of really good ones," Hofmann said.
For the last handful of years, the health department has conducted the contest. Fifth-graders across the county draw up pictures regarding tobacco prevention and two winners are chosen.
There are two locations for the billboards. One is located near First Christian Church heading into Brazil off United States 40, while the other is located at the intersection of State Roads 46 and 59.
This year, the health department honored Clay City Elementary student Jewel Mathews and Staunton Elementary student Mavery Brush.
Jewel, 11, is the daughter of Jamie Aubrey and Jesse Mathews. She admitted she was surprised when she learned her drawing was going to be on the billboard.
Jewel said she saw a brochure with a skunk on it warning of smoking during a CCHD presentation at her school, which inspired her to draw a picture of a skunk smoking a cigarette stating, "Smoking Stinks."
Mavery, 10, is the daughter of Denise and John Brush. She said this was the first time she had won something of this magnitude.
"I was happy because it surprised me that I won," Mavery said.
Her drawing focused on secondhand smoke, stated, "Stop! Don't Make Me Breathe Secondhand Smoke."
Mavery added she knew her drawing had been selected after driving into Brazil with her mother and seeing the billboard.
Through their efforts, both Mavery and Jewel received a mini sample billboard as well as a T-shirt with the drawing on it and a gift certificate from Walmart.