LISLE – Jarrett Robertson of Moweaqua is Illinois’ newest tobacco-free spokesperson. He designed the winning poster in the Family Health Foundation of Illinois Tar Wars Poster Contest, held April 11 at the University of Illinois at Chicago during the Essential Evidence Topics CME conference.
Jarrett’s “Thinking About Tobacco… Think Again” poster beat out eight other finalists. Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) members served as judges, evaluating the posters on creativity and positive message about being smoke-free. A total of 25 ballots were cast.
Jarrett, a fourth grader, and his winning poster will represent Illinois at the National Tar Wars Poster Contest July 21-22 in Washington, D.C. The National Poster Winner will be announced on July 21 at a banquet honoring all the state winners. The following morning, all the Tar Wars state winners will head to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress.
Kersten Stone, a 4th grade student at Stewardson-Strasburg School, won third place in the contest. Her poster depicts a frog in a pond with the message “Don’t Croak and Choke... Don’t Smoke”.
“Congratulations to the wonderful work in Shelby County, which produced two of the top three posters this year,” remarked Ginnie Flynn, Vice President of Communications for the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and the Family Health Foundation of Illinois, who has coordinated Tar Wars in Illinois since 1999. “County health departments have been our greatest allies in getting the simple, yet effective Tar Wars program into more Illinois schools than we could with our own membership.”
Christine Hewing of the Shelby County Health Department taught Tar Wars to 276 students at five Shelby County schools.
“This is a state wide contest and to have two from Shelby County in the top three is really something to be proud of,” said Steve Melega, Director of the Shelby County Health Department.