CASAC’s 2019 Poster Contest Winners


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The Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council

“The Choices You Make Are What Make You” was the theme for Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council’s Alcohol Awareness Month poster contest. With nearly 200 entries, Chautauqua County students did their part to raise alcohol awareness this year. Students in grades 3-12 created posters with the theme, “The Choices You Make Are What Make You”. As students designed their posters with this theme in mind, they had the opportunity to be creative in depicting positive alternatives to underage drinking. New York State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell spoke at the ceremony about the importance of this year’s theme and congratulated all of the students for participating in the contest. He also thanked them for providing posters to hang in the hallways of his Albany office.

Britta Watkins was named the Grand Prize Winner for the 18th annual Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council Alcohol Awareness Month Poster Contest. The Maple-Grove eighth-grader beat out 12 fellow finalists and 187 total entrants to win the prize.

Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone, Amy Rohler, Executive Director of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, Jose Quinones-Visot, Chautauqua Tapestry, and Lydia Thompson, CASAC Youth Board Member judged the finalists’ posters based on the impact of their messages, integration of the theme, originality and design.

First Place Winners:
Emery Watkins, Grade 4
Bemus Point Elementary School
Emilee Ramirez, Grade 7
Dunkirk Middle School
Raylynn Digirolamo, Grade 11
Southwestern High School

With a tie in the Second Place category, the Second Place Winners:
Anderson Francisco Felipe
Dunkirk School #5
Owyn Darrell-Sterbak, Grade 7
Fredonia Middle School
Alaina Perrin, Grade 11
Sherman Central School
Marcus Fredrick, Grade 10
Chautauqua Lake Central School

Third Place Winners:
Lucy Brown, Grade 5
Southwestern Elementary
Mika Walters, Grade 11
Southwestern High School

Honorable Mentions:
Reese Trippy, Grade 4
Dunkirk School #7
Arehlyn Pattison, Grade 6
Panama Central School

Each of the 12 finalists received t-shirts, ribbons, cash prizes, and
the grand prize poster will be framed courtesy of Jamestown Frame and Glass. Thanks to everyone who participated in CASAC’s 18th annual poster contest!

Since 1974, Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC), a not-for-profit United Way partner agency, has been dedicated to providing prevention education and community awareness pertaining to alcohol, other drugs and compulsive gambling. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. CASAC is one of forty community based councils across the state and one of over two-hundred nationwide. For further information about CASAC programs and services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623, or go to CASAC’s website,