Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane Announces Winners of 2015 Drug-Free Calendar Contest

HARRISBURG, Pa. (EYT) – This week Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced the winners of the Office of Attorney General’s 18th annual Drug-Free Calendar Contest in which fifth-grade students from across the Commonwealth create an original work-of-art illustrating a drug-free message of their choice.

The grand prize winner’s artwork is displayed on the calendar’s cover and the other 12 winners represent each month of the calendar year. View the 2015 calendar. The contest is funded through the Community Drug Abuse Prevention Fund from fines and penalties collected from certain types of offenses, such as DUIs.

Winners were chosen from 895 entries from 218 schools in 50 counties throughout the Commonwealth. The winners were chosen based on the artists’ creativity and ability to illustrate and convey a drug-free message.

Agents from the Attorney General’s office visit schools and meet with children of all ages year round to educate them about the importance of being drug-free. Attorney General Kane said the drawings and paintings students submit every year show that they are paying attention.

The following students were named the 2015 Drug-Free Calendar Contest Winners:

CoverRiya Kinny (grand prize winner), KD Markley Elementary School, Great Valley School District, Chester County.
JanuaryClaudia Cappelli, Trinity South Elementary School, Trinity School District, Washington County.
FebruaryGrace Hartman, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Diocese of Allentown, Northampton County.
MarchRemingtyn Smith, Forest Hills Elementary, Forest Hills School District, Cambria County.
AprilMaren Klein, Fairview Elementary School, Western Beaver County School District, Beaver County.
MayLeah Eckley, Buckingham Elementary, Central Bucks School District, Bucks County.
JuneBreana Grim, Canadochly Elementary School, Eastern York School District, York County.
JulyHisham Dubas, Main Street Elementary, Titusville Area School District, Crawford County.
AugustSumbul Mukhtarzada, C. E. Cole Intermediate School, Muhlenberg School District, Berks County.
September Kira Pavlik, St. Bernadette Catholic, Gateway School District, Allegheny County.
OctoberDakota Palmer, PA Distance Learning Charter School, Allegheny County School District, Allegheny County.
NovemberHunter Markel, C. E. McCall Middle School, Montoursville School District, Lycoming County.
DecemberBrandon Casterline, Heights-Murray Elementary, Wilkes-Barre Area School District, Luzerne County.

The Office of Attorney General has created a number of exciting educational programs to help schools, parents and communities empower children with knowledge to keep them safe. The programs feature customized lesson plans, interactive listening activities and powerful messages that speak directly to kids and adults.

To learn more visit or call 1-800-525-7642.

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