Congratulations to the Winners of the Great American Smoke Out "Smoking Stinks" Poster Contest

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Stamford Public Schools (SPS) announced the winners of the annual Great American Smoke Out “Smoking Stinks” Poster Contest, which is sponsored by Stamford Cancer Awareness Campaign partners, the City of Stamford Health Department, Stamford Hospital, and the American Cancer Society. Winners will be celebrated on Thursday, November 16, at 4:30 p.m., in the Government Center.

Each year students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to submit a poster that demonstrates why they think smoking is harmful. Prizes are awarded to the top three winners in each of three categories: K-Grade 1, Grades 2-3 and Grades 4-5. The posters are judged by members of the Stamford Cancer Awareness Campaign and winners are chosen based on originality, creativity, and effort. This year’s winners are:

Kindergarten/Grade 1

  • 1st Place               TJ Newton, first grade, KT Murphy
  • 2nd Place              Emmanuel Tzanakis, first grade, Hart Magnet
  • 3rd Place               Elodie Magnant, first grade, Toquam

Grades 2/3

  • 1st Place                ZaraCristina Barrero, second grade, Westover
  • 2nd Place               Jacqueline Mencos Castillo, third grade, Springdale
  • 3rd Place               Sophia Jiao, third grade, Hart Magnet

Grade 4/5

  • 1st Place                Derek Dibenedetto and Matteo Metzger, fifth grade, Roxbury
  • 2nd Place               Mia Argudo, fourth grade, KT Murphy
  • 3rd Place               Brady O’Sullivan, fifth grade, Davenport

“Through this contest, our goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking at a young age and reduce the number of future smokers,” said Dr. Jennifer Calder, Stamford’s Health Director. “Working with our school nurses, the American Cancer Society and Stamford Hospital, we are able to recognize those students who best capture that message.”