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MATForce honors youth poster contest winners

Courtesy photo<br>Leslie Wells, a 13-year-old Bradshaw Mountain Middle School student, was named Grand Prize winner of the annual MATFORCE Youth Poster Contest.

Courtesy photo<br>Leslie Wells, a 13-year-old Bradshaw Mountain Middle School student, was named Grand Prize winner of the annual MATFORCE Youth Poster Contest.

Leslie Wells, a 13-year-old Bradshaw Mountain Middle School student, is the grand prize winner of the annual MATForce Youth Poster Contest held to raise awareness about the risks of drug and alcohol abuse, said Jeanne Wellins, public relations and project coordinator for MATForce.

Leslie's winning poster lets people know that "Drugs are Not Your Friends. Walk Away."

Leslie received a $500 cash award at the annual MATForce Mixer before an audience of 120 community members, and his poster will be featured on MATForce substance abuse awareness materials throughout 2012, Wellins said.

More than 375 students from throughout Yavapai County participated in the contest.

"The response to the contest by area youth was outstanding," said MATForce Executive Director Merilee Fowler. "Students created posters showing the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and the benefits of making healthy choices for themselves. We wish to thank all the students, teachers and schools that participated."

The winner in each age category received a $25 gift card. Winners included: Age 5-6: Gage Cunningham, Kirkland Elementary School; Age 7-8: Trinity Pariseau, Coyote Springs Elementary School; Age 9-10: Megan Rose Hiers, Home School Prescott Valley; Age 11-12: Anne Transier, Glassford Hill Middle School; Age 13-14: Travis Zale, Cottonwood Middle School; Age 15-16: Taylor McFarland, Mingus Union High School; Age 17-18: Clinton Easley.

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