The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking (SCCUDD) held its 2nd annual billboard contest for Schuyler County students in grades 7-12. All students attending Odessa-Montour Central School, Watkins Glen Central School, and Bradford Central School were eligible, including homeschool students residing in Schuyler County.
The contest was for substance abuse prevention messages targeting Prom and graduation. The winning billboard is now being displayed on Route 14 in Montour Falls (near the SPCA) until the end of June.
Billboard entries were to have a message that informed, persuaded, or stated facts about substance abuse. Messages could be about nicotine/tobacco/vaping, alcohol, and/or prescription drug abuse or illegal drug use and how it is harmful to youth. Students were encouraged to look up facts and statistics and gain knowledge of why these substances are harmful to youth.
This year’s winner is Odessa-Montour senior Haley Albertsman. Her billboard’s message “Staying Drug and Alcohol Free is Key to Success” is the exact message that SCCUDD wants shared with young people in Schuyler county. After graduating with honors in a few weeks, Haley will be attending Corning Community College where she will be studying Early Childhood Development and one day plans to be a teacher. “In my spare time I love creating many kinds of art including graphic design, chalk paintings, acrylic paintings, and rock art”, Haley stated “I would like to thank SCCUDD for the opportunity to share this message”.
“Haley is the kind of student that every school district cherishes and is a valuable contributor to the culture that we strive to achieve. Dependable, hard-working, pleasant, mild mannered, and engaging,” stated Odessa-Montour High School Principal Almon “Skip” McCarty “Haley is the kind of student that made Odessa-Montour better while she went to school here, and will be tough to replace once she graduates.”
For more information, or to become involved with SCCUDD, visit SCCUDD online here, or follow SCCUDD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.