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2011 Stop Drug poster winners honored

From the left are speaker William Moyers, St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson, Margot Keeler, grand prize winner, St. Croix County Chief Deputy John Shilts and Hudson Prairie Elementary School counselor Max Hansen. Photo by Margaret Ontl1 / 2
Margot Keeler, a student at E.P. Rock Elementary School, won the grand prize for her poster which is the cover of the 2011 Stop Drugs and Alcohol Abuse Poster Contest Calendar.2 / 2

In this year's Stop Drugs and Alcohol Abuse poster contest sponsored by the St. Croix County District Attorney, 1,400 students participated. The annual county-wide event is celebrating 20 years. This year $4,500 in savings bonds was given to the 41 winning students. The awards ceremony was held Monday, Nov. 29, at Hudson High School.

Fifteen community members volunteered to judge the contest. The event was co-sponsored by the Hazelden Foundation, which made available one children's book to each family.

The keynote speaker was William Moyers, vice president of foundation relations for Hazelden. Moyers, a recovering addict himself who has been clean for sixteen years, gave an impassioned speech to the audience. As a parent of three teenagers, he spoke to the importance of parents sharing their own experiences with their children.

All but two of the 41 winners attended the ceremony along with parents, grandparents and friends.

The top ten vote getters in each age group earn a savings bond. Of those the top three posters with the most votes are eligible for the calendar.

The grand prize winner Margot Keeler, a fourth grader at E.P. Rock Elementary in Hudson, received a $500 savings bond. All other winners were awarded a $100 savings bond.

Ten thousand calendars were printed and are available throughout the county and at the District Attorney's office. They are $5 for one and three for $10.

For a complete list of all the winners, and additional photos, see pages 12 and 13 of the Dec. 2 print edition of the Star-Observer.