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MATForce announces youth poster contest winners

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Bradshaw Mountain Middle School’s Chelly Fessler, 13, won first place in the MATForce Youth Poster Contest.

Courtesy<br> Bradshaw Mountain Middle School’s Chelly Fessler, 13, won first place in the MATForce Youth Poster Contest.

Chelly Fessler, 13, from Bradshaw Mountain Middle School in Prescott Valley won first place in the annual MATForce Youth Poster Contest held to recognize April as Substance Abuse Awareness Month.

MATForce will feature Chelly's poster, which reminds people to "Say NO to Drugs," on its substance abuse awareness materials throughout 2010. Chelly also has her choice of either a game system or cash equivalent as a prize for her winning poster.

More than 750 students throughout Yavapai County participated in the contest.

"We are very impressed by the hundreds of outstanding posters created by area youths depicting a strong anti-drug message. With so many outstanding entries, the judges had a difficult task choosing the winners," said Lt. Steve Francis of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and a member of the MATForce Steering Committee. "We wish to thank all students and their teachers for helping spread a healthy living and drug-free message."

Angela Leventhal from Ash Fork Joint Unified School District won the ages 5 to 6 category; Riley McClintock from Taylor Hicks Elementary School in Prescott led 7- to 8-year-old entrants; Kristine Ramirez from Del Rio Elementary School in Chino Valley placed first among 9- to 10-year-olds; Cassidy DeMelt from Glassford Hill Middle School in Prescott Valley won among 11- to 12-year-olds; Colton Harrison from American Heritage Academy in Cottonwood led the age 13 to 14 category; and Laraine Bonczek from Prescott High School placed first among 15- to 16-year-olds. Winners of each age category will receive a $25 cash gift card.

Maleah Eppinger of Camp Verde High School in Camp Verde and Heath Hall of Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley won the Scholarship Category for entrants ages 17 to 18 and each will receive a 3-credit hour scholarship to Yavapai College courtesy of the Southwestern Artists Association.

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