SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Tuesday night, May 19, 2015, prior to the bi-monthly meeting of the Knights of Columbus, South Plainfield Council, #6203, the first place winners of the Substance Abuse Awareness Contest were announced.  Each was presented with a $25.00 check from the Knights of Columbus who sponsored the contest.

It was difficult decision by the judges as they could only choose only one winner in each category and age group as the posters were all very well done.  Students were instructed to choose one of two categories – alcohol abuse awareness or drug abuse awareness and there were two age divisions: 8-11 year age groups and 12-14 age groups.

The judging was done by Debbie Boyle, South Plainfield Board of Education President, Detective Lloyd McNelly, D.A.R.E. Officer, South Plainfield Department and Tom Walsh, Knights of Columbus, Family Director, South Plainfield Council #6203.

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The first place winners were:

Age 8-11 Division – Alcohol Awareness and Abuse: Reina Lopez

Age 8-11 Division – Drug Awareness and Abuse: Jaylene Ramirez

Age 12-14 Division – Alcohol Awareness and Abuse: No entries/no winner

Age 12-14 Division – Drug Awareness and Abuse: Divon Pender

A special thanks goes out to Debbie Boyle who distributed the poster rules & entry forms to all South Plainfield schools and being a judge and to Detective Lloyd McNelly who took time out of his busy work schedule to participate in the judging.

We also want to thank all of the students who participated in the poster contest.  It is important for the students to know the perils of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and these students expressed what it truly meant to them through their creative poster entries.  Each participant will receive a Certificate of Appreciation.