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Students cash in with "Smart Art" Contest


July 03, 2013
are starting the summer with unexpected money in their pockets and the knowledge that they're helping raise peers' awareness of the dangers of underage drinking.

Bresa Martin, Blake Wilkinson and Cesar Cabrera won $300, $200 and $100, respectively, in a "Smart Art" contest that challenged Valley Center High School students to create photos, paintings, drawings or 60-second videos encouraging fellow students to avoid alcohol.

Emergency rooms throughout the county reported that they admitted more than 1,900 young people aged 12 to 20 with a diagnosis of alcohol abuse in 2010.

And San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office reports show an average of 28 residents under 21 die with alcohol in their system each year.

The North Inland Community Prevention Program and the Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA)'s Valley Center chapter sponsored the contest, which ran May 15 through June 10.

"Not many students understand the risks of alcohol abuse, and we realized that this contest was the perfect way to educate young people," said Valley Center High senior and HOSA chairman Katherine Dufour, 18.

Staff members from the California Center for the Arts, Escondido's education department and North Inland Community Prevention Program judged the contest entries. Criteria included overall design, message clarity and content appropriateness.

The winning submissions were all posters. Martin, who graduated from Valley Center High this month, won first-place honors and the top prize for her entry, which featured an image of a teen looking at an alcohol bottle that reflects a skeletal face. The poster is captioned, "Stare addiction in the face, and say no!"

Wilkinson, who will be a junior this fall, came in second with a poster depicting an

The Valley Center Pageant Association will have its annual yard sale on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday July 28 from 6 a.m.– 4 p.m. at 27380 Valley Center Rd. between Papa Bear's restaurant and the gas station.

This is one of the pageant's annual fundraisers. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund. If you want to donate to the yard sale call pageant director Debra Jockinsen at 760-751-1051.

At the sale you will be able to meet the Miss Valley Center Girls: Miss Valley Center Taylor Yates; First Princess Julie Pregler; Second Princess Laura Sengstacke; Third Princess Jenee Roeder; Junior Miss Victoria Laird, and JM First Princess Patricia Richardson. They have been to the high school auction, cub scouts soap box derby, the optimist club oratorical contest, chamber sundowners, western days and rodeo and many other events. Picture taken by Carol Johnson.

The Miss Valley Center Pageant is produced by the Valley Center Pageant Association, a non-profit organization, committed to providing opportunities for the education and personal growth for young women in Valley Center. Donation of goods, services and education funds help improve the program. For more information, contact VCPA President Debra Jockinsen at 760-751-1051.

alcohol bottle whose label warns, "Absolutely Dead" and "Courtesy of Alcohol" above a ghostly image of a skeletal face.

Cabrera, who will be a senior, placed third with his poster drawing of an old man with a cigarette in his mouth and a bottle in his hand. Images of a kissing young couple and a young man in a mortarboard and the words, "Drugs kill" surround the old man.

The winning artworks will be displayed at the Valley Center Library through the summer and then displayed in the school's library.

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