Five local students have been named regional winners of the “Kids Kick Opioids” contest sponsored by the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office to spur creativity and raise awareness of prescription opioid misuse. 

Reagan Mann, Maggie Lambert, Braelyn Farrish, Claire Willson and Kaelin James, all of Shady Spring Elementary School, were recognized for their entries. 

“Congratulations to each of our regional winners,” said Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. “This year’s entries really showcase the tremendous talent of our elementary and middle school participants.”

Other regional winners include Alyson Marshall, of Flatwoods Elementary School, and Brianna Cochran, of Marlinton Elementary School.

“On a more somber note, the entries also underscore the seriousness of the drug epidemic,” Morrisey said. “So many designs leave little question that our students understand the impact of growing up in a generation shaken by opioid abuse. Let’s hope their artwork will bring about new awareness and a commitment to change.”

Judges recognized 35 winning entries from 41 students overall. Their designs will be displayed at the State Capitol.

The statewide winning entry will soon appear in newspapers across West Virginia as the attorney general’s next public service announcement.

The attorney general received 2,087 entries from 2,300 students at 70 middle and elementary schools across West Virginia. The submissions included a mix of drawings, poems and other designs aimed at promoting awareness. 

The West Virginia State Medical Association, the West Virginia Association of School Nurses and the Capitol Police assisted the attorney general in judging the public service announcement contest. 

Email: wholdren@register-herald.com; follow on Twitter @WendyHoldren

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