Two Local Girls Recognized in Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest

Fremer, MaryHARRISBURG, Pa. (EYT) –  Two local girls were among 50 students recognized as participants in the 24th Annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest.

Brockway Area 8th grader, Mary Fremer (entry above), and West Forest 5th grader, EmmaLee Gray (entry below) were recognized by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) during a recent ceremony at The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

“Studies have shown that peer-to-peer messaging is one of the most effective ways to reach children and teenagers. That’s why the Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest is so important. Young people design artwork that conveys a message to other young people,” said PLCB Chairman Tim Holden. “And our contest ensures these are positive no-use messages. It’s better to provide messages that encourage fun, healthy, safe alternatives to underage drinking.”

In their winning poster designs, students focused on positive messages, such as the benefits of being alcohol-free and healthy alternatives to drinking, such as hobbies and extracurricular activities.

The PLCB will use the designs to create posters, bookmarks and coloring sheets to distribute throughout Pennsylvania. In addition, the grade winners will have their artwork reproduced in a calendar. Students who created the best pieces received cash prizes.

Gray, EmmaLee

Nearly 1,300 students from 49 counties across the state participated in this year’s contest, using crayons, ink, colored pencils, paint and computer-generated imagery to create their posters. Their entries were judged on presentation and message. Since the poster contest began in 1992, almost 35,000 entries have been submitted, and thousands more students have participated through projects in their school classrooms.

“Every year, we are always impressed not just with the artistic talent displayed by Pennsylvania students, but by the creativity of the alcohol awareness messages depicted in these posters,” said Board Member Mike Negra. “It’s encouraging to know that so many students in every grade and from every corner of the state take this contest so seriously and put so much effort into developing art that really speaks to their peers.”

This year’s winning posters will be displayed in The State Museum of Pennsylvania from April 4 through April 8.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling more than $14.5 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, and the PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit


Grade winners – $50 each

County Name Grade School
Berks Kira Marr 6 Reiffton School
Carbon Michael Montalvo 9 Weatherly Area High School
Chester Kyle Reynolds * 12 Home School
Chester Ryan Reynolds * 2 Home School
Cumberland Lucy Stevens 5 Elmwood Elementary School
Cumberland Maria-Catalina Heil K Immaculata Academy Home School
Cumberland Marie-Thérése Heil * 7 Immaculata Academy Home School
Delaware Sheridan Crawford 4 Westbrook Park Elementary School
Delaware Dylan Miller 1 Westbrook Park Elementary School
Jefferson Mary Fremer 8 Brockway Area Jr./Sr. High School
Lehigh Zenya Hrycenko * 10 Lehigh Valley Home School
Luzerne Adriana Kopalek 3 Wycallis Elementary School
York Chyanne Shoff 11 York County School of Technology

Reproductions – $100 each

County Name Grade School
Bedford Erin Claycomb 12 Claysburg-Kimmel High School
Berks Ella Gerhart 6 Reiffton School
Berks Amelia Ordway 6 Reiffton School
Berks Katherine Travis 8 Tulpehocken Junior High School
Carbon Jasmine Montalvo 9 Weatherly Area High School
Cumberland Gianna Heil * 5 Immaculata Academy Home School
Cumberland Lydia Hulshizer 11 Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School
Delaware Samuel Chism * 3 Westbrook Park Elementary School

Special Recognition

County Name Grade School
Adams Madyson Calore 3 Fairfield Area Elementary School
Adams Summer Darr 3 Fairfield Area Elementary School
Berks Adrian Buchter 7 Fleetwood Middle School
Berks Kelsey Dreibelbis 7 Tulpehocken Junior High School
Berks Anya Whitman 6 Reiffton School
Berks Damian Willman 8 Tulpehocken Junior High School
Butler Ellie Koma 3 Mars Elementary School
Butler Caden Patton 4 Mars Elementary School
Carbon Zoe Downs 10 Weatherly Area High School
Carbon Shaianne Perkins 12 Weatherly Area High School
Chester Jordyn D’Puia 8 Phoenixville Area Middle School
Chester Dominic Michalski * 1 Home School
Cumberland Isaac Heil * 10 Immaculata Academy Home School
Cumberland Marie-Laurence Heil * 2 Immaculata Academy Home School
Dauphin Alana Peiffer 2 Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School
Dauphin Brielle Sinsabaugh 1 Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School
Delaware Nathan Crawford * 2 Westbrook Park Elementary School
Erie Katherine Huntley 7 Rice Avenue Middle School
Forest EmmaLee Gray 5 West Forest Jr./Sr. High School
Indiana Kassidy Brosch 10 Indiana County Technology Center
Indiana Caitlynne Everett 12 Indiana County Technology Center
Lehigh Zenon Hrycenko * 8 Lehigh Valley Home School
Luzerne Cheyenne Wang 6 McAdoo-Kelayres Elementary School
Westmoreland Sophia Montgomery 5 Sloan Elementary School
York Amanda Buckheit 10 Kennard-Dale High School
York Caleb Duncker 10 Northeastern Senior High School
York Tristan Eckenrode 3 Shallow Brook Intermediate School
York Isabelle Latshaw 4 Shallow Brook Intermediate School
York Luzines Maldonado-Torres 11 York County School of Technology

* = Previous Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest winner




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