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Students win Clay County Health Dept. tobacco prevention contest

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Clay City Elementary School fifth-grader Kendra Wertz was named one of the grand champions of the Clay County Health Department's "Working Towards a Healthy Community" Tobacco Prevention Billboard contest. Kendra's drawing will be placed on a billboard near the State Road 46 and 59 intersection. [Order this photo]
The Clay County Health Department has continued to promote a tobacco-free community through education and recently presented its 2012 Tobacco Prevention Presentations to all Clay County fifth-grade students.

The presentations took place during the months of October and November.

The department presented to a total of 336 students and their teachers.

The program stresses the dangers of using tobacco products, such as cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, as well as the dangers of secondhand smoke.

According to information provided by the health department, tobacco kills approximately 10,300 Hoosiers each year.

The department's annual poster/billboard contest is also part of the presentation.

Fifth-grade students across the county had the opportunity to design a poster relating to tobacco prevention.

The posters were judged Nov. 29, and one winner from each school was chosen.

Of the nine winners, two billboard champions were chosen and will each have their poster displayed on a roadside billboard for one month beginning Wednesday, Dec. 12.

The posters/billboards were designed to educate the community about the dangers of tobacco.

The 2012 Clay County Health Department Tobacco Prevention Billboard winners were Clay City Elementary School's Kendra Wertz and FISH Homeschool Group fifth-grader Ellie Emmert.

Other school winners included: Haley Harris (East Side Elementary), Bralynn Robbins (Forest Park Elementary), Landon Reckerd (Jackson Township Elementary), Madelyn Frazee (Meridian Elementary), Chelsey Neamon (Staunton Elementary), Elias Alexander (Van Buren Elementary) and Aubra Bruer (Cornerstone Christian Academy).

The school winners each received gift bags, which included various items from local business, including Bob and Angie's Hometown Café (Clay City), Burger King, Brazil Family Video, Hardee's, Brazilian Lanes, Clay City Pharmacy, Fun Time Scuba, Fitness and Aquatics, Harmony Diner, Ink Spot Screen Printing, Long John Silvers, Papa John's, Pizza Gallery (Clay City), Riddell National Bank, Subway (Brazil), Tapia's Mexican Restaurant (Clay City), Wendy's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lynn's Pharmacy, Pappy's Barbecue, Pizza Hut, Subway (Interstate-70 Pilot Gas Station), Sunrise Family Restaurant and Terre Haute Savings Bank.

Judges for the 2012 event included Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham, Clay County Health Nurse Kim Hyatt, Clay County Health Secretary Lori Conrad, Lamar Advertising Market Manager Jane Mills, Clay County Health Department Assistant Jane Stark, Registered Nurse Susan Trahan, and Student Nurse Brittany Searing.

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