May 1, 2003
Getting the Message
By Blessed Sacrament staff/ SUN contributing writers
Syracuse Catholic school students are certainly well educated about the dangerous effects of drug and alcohol abuse. Five local Catholic schools recently received top honors in a contest that challenged them to create messages asking their peers to refrain from using tobacco and alcohol.
The annual Clear Minds, Clear Messages Campaign, sponsored by the Syracuse/Onondaga Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, in conjunction with Time Warner Cable, asked youth to create positive messages in the form of radio and TV spots as well as editorial and graphic illustrations in hope of reinforcing healthy behaviors. More than 1,000 students from public and private schools in grades pre-K through 8, as well as youth from community organizations in Onondaga County, participated in the campaign. Catholic schools swept the competition, placing first in four of the six categories and receiving one second-place honor. The winning messages in each category were announced March 27 at a dessert reception at the Holiday Inn on Electronics Parkway in Syracuse. The spots will be professionally produced and used in a mass media campaign throughout Syracuse and Onondaga County, to be featured in coming months on billboards, posters and tee-shirts.
Congratulations to the following students who took home awards:
Radio –– First place: Sixth graders Jocelyn Love, Jackie Williams, Liz Garand, Bridget Finn from St. Margaret’s School in Mattydale. (Their winning radio spot has already been professionally produced and will hit airwaves shortly.)
Graphic Illustration –– First place: Sixth grader Melissa Orioli from St. Matthew’s School in East Syracuse. Second place: Sixth grader Benjamin Bagenski from St. Rose of Lima School in North Syracuse
Television –– First place: Fifth graders Alyssa Primerano and Suzanna Ferguson from Blessed Sacrament School in Syracuse. Grades Pre-K-Fourth –– First place: First grader Jack Morgan from St. Ann’s School in Syracuse.