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2023 Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest Winners Announced by PATH: Three Entries Tie for First Place


Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest 2023

Partnership in Action for Trinity Health (PATH) coalition, Trinity County Office of Education (TCOE) Tobacco Use Prevention and Education (TUPE) program, and Human Response Network (HRN) offered a poster contest to Trinity County students in 6th through 8th grade to celebrate Red Ribbon Week held October 23rd through 31st. The purpose of the contest is to bring awareness to the effects of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and to promote a safer, healthier community through this year’s theme, “Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free.”


The number of entries increased this year to 96, with students using a variety of mediums including digital art. Three entries tied for first place: Aile Nielson-Ayers, 8th grade, Junction City School; Savannah Dunn, 8th grade, Weaverville Elementary School-Trinity Preparatory Academy; and Azella Osborne with Brooklyn Connor, 6th grade, Hayfork Elementary School. Trinity Biggs, 6th grade, Hayfork Elementary School, won second place and Brodee Mather, 8th grade, Douglas City School took third place. Prizes include Amazon gift cards worth $100, $50, and $10 for the top winners and for each entry an ice cream gift certificate to Up North Confectionary and Mercantile or the Dairy Store.


The 97 entries went through a preliminary judging process by PATH members and TCOE employees. The final judging for the top 10 posters was performed by Trinity County Superior Court Judge, Mike Harper; Trinity County Supervisors Jill Cox, Liam Gogan, and Ric Leutwyler; Chief of Probation Ruby Fiero; Weaverville Fire District Chief, Todd Corbett; Trinity County Public Health, Coordinator of Equity and Health Programs, Kirsten Ford; and Executive Director, Trinity County Arts Council, Karla Avila.


All students’ artwork were displayed in the windows of downtown Weaverville Historic District, including Tammie’s Book Store, Mountain Goat Kids, Up North Confectionary and Mercantile, Main Street Gallery, Mama Llama’s, My Revival, Tri County Homes and Land, The Trinity Journal, Mountain Marketplace, Creative Prints by Hannah, The Watershed Center, Wildflower Hair Company, Main Street Shoes, Gold Rush Jewelers, Trinity Bistro and Deli, Trinity Visitors Center, Jake Jackson Museum, and the Nugget Restaurant.


The PATH coalition thanks all the judges and businesses for supporting their artwork and vision for “Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free.”


Be Kind to Your Mind, Live Drug Free Poster contest entry
First place: Aile Nielson-Ayers, 8th grade, Junction City School


Be Kind to Your Mind, Live Drug Free Poster contest entry
First Place: Savannah Dunn, 8th grade, Weaverville Elementary School-Trinity Preparatory Academy

Be Kind to Your Mind, Live Drug Free Poster contest entry
First Place: Azella Osborne with Brooklyn Connor, 6th grade, Hayfork Elementary School


Be Kind to Your Mind, Live Drug Free Poster contest entry
Second place: Trinity Biggs, 6th grade, Hayfork Elementary School

Be Kind to Your Mind, Live Drug Free Poster contest entry
Third place: Brodee Mather, 8th grade, Douglas City School

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