Paint Valley ADAMH Board announces ‘Write In Red’ contest winners


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The Paint Valley ADAMH (Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health) Board understands the importance of providing a drug and alcohol free environment for our community. During Red Ribbon Week Oct. 22-26, a Write In Red – Red Ribbon Week Essay Contest was conducted for all middle and high school students in our board region.

Students were given a red pen to write an essay for our contest about how to prevent drug and alcohol abuse. Each participating middle and high school submitted their school’s winning essay to the Paint Valley ADAMH board. One student from each county was selected to receive a $500 scholarship to any accredited college or university.

We are pleased to announce that the following students were awarded a $100 prize for winning their school’s essay contest and a $500 scholarship for winning the county contest:

– Mackenzie Shaffer, Washington High School – Fayette County

– Laci Mulenkamp, Fairfield High School – Highland County

– Nataleigh Blankenship, Eastern Middle School – Pike County

– Jalynne Nichols, Unioto High School – Ross County

Paint Valley ADAMH Board Executive Director Penny Dehner said, “This is the fifth year for our scholarship contest and we were extremely pleased with the number of entries we received. Substance abuse is a community issue that affects all of us, especially our youth. It is so refreshing to see our youth take a proactive stand against drug and alcohol abuse by sharing their personal stories, doing research into relevant issues, and their determination to remain drug free.”

The following students were school winners and awarded $100 for the Write In Red Essay Contest:

* Sydney Hooper, Fairfield Middle School; Makayla Middleton, Hillsboro High School; Isabella Patton, Hillsboro Middle School; Carson Emery, White Oak Middle School; Kallie Helton, Eastern High School; Olivia Cornwell, Piketon High School; Trace Schoolcraft, Piketon Middle School; Brystol Murphy, Waverly High School; Chase Grooms, Western High School; Gracie Satterfield, Western Middle School; Madelyn Schafer, Chillicothe High School; Maddox Woods, Chillicothe Middle School; Hannah Balusik, Huntington High School; Mack Steele, Huntington Middle School; Savannah Fout, Southeastern Middle School; Wyatt Perry, Southeastern High School; Karan Watkins, Unioto Middle School; and Jayden Berry, Zane Trace High School.

Paint Valley ADAMH Board is a political subdivision of state government created in 1967 by the Ohio legislature to ensure the availability of community-based addiction and mental health services for the residents of Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross counties.

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