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Granite Mountain Middle School student Alexa Scholl wins MATForce poster contest

Alexa Scholl, a 13-year-old student from Granite Mountain Middle School in Prescott, won first place in the MATForce Youth Poster Contest.

Alexa Scholl, a 13-year-old student from Granite Mountain Middle School in Prescott, won first place in the MATForce Youth Poster Contest.

Alexa Scholl, a 13-year-old student from Granite Mountain Middle School in Prescott, won first place in the annual MATForce youth poster contest. Alexa's winning poster conveys to youths and adults alike the powerful anti-drug message of "Love Yourself - Don't Drug Yourself," said Merilee Fowler, executive director of MATForce.

Alexa received her $300 cash award at the annual MATForce Mixer before an audience of 150 community members, and her poster will be featured on MATForce substance abuse awareness materials throughout 2011, said Jeanne Wellins, public relations and project coordinator for MATForce.

More than 500 students throughout Yavapai County participated in the contest, and MATForce commends each of these students for speaking out against substance abuse, Fowler said.

"The response to the contest by area youth was outstanding," Fowler said. "Each student created a poster showing the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. We wish to thank all the students, teachers and schools that participated. Each student helped spread a healthy living and drug-free message throughout our community."

Each winner in each age category received a $25 gift card.

Category winners include: Age 5/6: McKayla Merwin, Daniel Bright Elementary; Age 7/8: Nipuna Ginige, Daniel Bright Elementary; Age 9/10: Phillip Grass Jr., Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters; Age 11/12: Joshua Espinoza, Glassford Hill Middle School; Age 13/14 (tie): Neal Widrick, Glassford Hill Middle School, and Rinana Marzano, Mingus Mountain Academy; Age 15/16: Ashley Lorraine, Mingus Mountain Academy; Age 17/18: Michelle Carrol, Mingus Mountain Academy.

MATForce also would like to congratulate the honorable mention winners: Hailey Lowry, Drake Hawk and Jackson of Willow Creek Charter School; R. Bennett Bailey IV and Megan Rose Hiers, home-schooled students; Mathew Geyer and Angel Brady of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters; Daja Dorsey, Alicia Weaver, Emily Hachman, Jaylene Jones, Hannah Madler, Esperanza Calderon, Justine Pieczarka, Tammy Diamond and Julia Fields of Glassford Hill Middle School; Madison Weinrich and Lily Tisdale of Granville Kailee Bennett Elementary School; Tonishia Lewis, Jordan Aquilino and Mariah Stewart of Mingus Mountain Academy; Kaitlyn Laurel Terrey of American Heritage Academy; Chasity Fisher and Emma Tom of Prescott Valley Charter School; Sarah Lemcke, Hunter Narvesen, Jonathon Postgate and Ashley David of Chino Valley High School; and Jerry Hernandez of Cottonwood Middle School.

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