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Teddy Cole and Kate Parker, Gov. Livingston Students are Finalists in New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Music Competition

Governor Livingston state finalists Kate Parker, Teddy Cole, Ryan Hernandez and Kylie Meltzer with new guitars from BHEF. Credits: BHEF

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Teddy Cole and Kate Parker, students in the Gov. Livingston Guitar Club, have been chosen as finalists in the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Music Competition, sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.  Voting is underway and will run through May 21st for the top three winners. (The other Gov. Livingston entry in this contest was created by Kylie Meltzer and Ryan Hernandez.) 

To vote for the students or to learn more about the competition and performance, go to

The goal of the contest is to challenge high school students to create original music and lyrics with powerful substance abuse prevention messages. This will allow teens to deliver the prevention message to each other through their favorite medium of music. Teddy and Kate will have the opportunity to perform their original piece at the 10th Annual Prevention Concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark on May 21.

This year, the Gov. Livingston Guitar Club received a BHEF grant for four guitars and accessories to enable more students to learn and play guitar. The club, advised by Mr. Bob Segear, the Student Assistance Counselor, is in its third year and provides a place for students to practice and learn guitar as well as play music together.  

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