LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Students in Columbiana County used art to show how they see drugs and alcohol and the consequences of drinking and using drugs.
The students are all part of the Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest.
Patrick Hull of Leetonia is just 11 years old. He was one of 28 finalists chosen out of more than 1,000 students in the poster contest.
Hull, along with other finalists, gathered at the Columbiana Career and Technical Center for the district awards ceremony. Four of the 28 finalists received awards for their work.
“I drew a poster of a cheerleader cheering to not drink beer and to just not start drinking. Once you go in, you never come back,” said Hull.
This was the first year 11-year-old Tava Wright entered the contest. She drew a monkey drinking at a party. But it wasn’t all fun, the monkey crashed into a tree and then Wright depicted a grave in the final scene.
The Knights of Columbus in Columbiana County started the contest seven years ago and wanted to target the middle school age group.
“Its purpose is to create awareness, to plant seeds,” said Project Coordinator Ray Morelli. “We’re talking to kids 8 to 14 years old.”
The Educational Service Center and ADAPT Coalition of Columbiana County helped sponsor the event.
“We are trying to decrease the number of kids using alcohol under the age of 21,” said ADAPT Coordinator Brenda Foor. “They didn’t take these posters home. They do everything at school, no help. This is how they see the alcohol and drug problem in the county.”
The four winners will go on to compete in the state poster contest.