MATFORCE, an anti-drug organization with a focus on stopping youth drug use before it starts, held its annual Youth Poster Contest again this year to help raise awareness among youth about the risks of drug and alcohol abuse. Each year the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office assists in promoting this contest to students across the county.
Anastasiya Jonas, from Bradshaw Mountain High School, won the 2021, 7-12 grade grand prize with her original artwork conveying how the choice to use drugs can lead to losing your freedom of choice. While her twin sister, Angelina Jonas, also from Bradshaw Mountain High School, won the 2020, 7-12 grade grand prize with her original artwork conveying the choice of staying drug free and focused on the positive.
Deputy Scott Reed, Law Enforcement Education Deputy on the Community Relations Team with Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, has helped with this contest since it began. He stated, “This is the first time we have had siblings win two years in a row. Both of these students are talented artists that created compelling artwork and thought provoking messages.”
The grand prize winning posters will be featured on MATFORCE substance abuse awareness materials throughout 2021.
Grand Prize Winners:
- Michael Chrysle, age 6, K-6th Grade
- Anastasiya Jonas, age 17, Bradshaw Mountain High School, Prescott Valley – 7th-12th Grade
Age Category Winners:
- Marley Raikowski-McBride, age 8, Camp Verde Elementary, Camp Verde – Age 7/8 Category Winner
- Alistair Richardson, Beaver Creek School, Rimrock – Age 9/10 Category Winner
- Abigail Munchinsky, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School, Dewey – Age 11/12 Category Winner
- Irene Rathe, age 13, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School, Dewey – Age 13/14 Category Winner
- Tobia Loveall, age 15, Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde – Age 15/16 Category Winner
- Bryce Seekins, age 17, Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde – Age 17/18 Category Winner
Grand prize and all category winning posters can be viewed at matforce.org. A poster roadshow display will exhibit winning entries as well as honorable mention artwork throughout organizations in Yavapai County. To participate in the roadshow and display winning entries at your organization please contact MATFORCE at (928) 708-0100 or email@example.com.