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posted: 6/17/2012 6:17 AM

McHenry students say no to smoking in design contest

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  • Margaret Busch stands in front of her design in McHenry County Department of Health's challenge to warn people of the risks of secondhand smoke

      Margaret Busch stands in front of her design in McHenry County Department of Health's challenge to warn people of the risks of secondhand smoke
    Courtesy of MCDH

  • Edward Canto holds the poster he submitted for the annual Media Design Contest.

      Edward Canto holds the poster he submitted for the annual Media Design Contest.
    Courtesy of MCDH

  • Emily Sikora's winning design, "Keep Our Parks Smoke-free," is displayed on a local billboard.

      Emily Sikora's winning design, "Keep Our Parks Smoke-free," is displayed on a local billboard.
    Courtesy of MCDH

 

Submitted by McHenry County Department of Health

Three area students were selected as winners of the McHenry County Department of Health's eighth annual Media Design Contest.

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Emily Sikora, Cary-Grove High School, won for her entry, "Keep Our Parks Smoke-free"; Margaret Busch, Cary-Grove High School, for her "Quit for the Kids!" entry; and Edward Canto, Woodstock North High School, for his design, "Smoke-free Park: Young Lungs at Play."

The theme this year was secondhand smoke, with a focus on smoke-free parks and playgrounds. The contest was open to all McHenry County high school and college students.

Entries were judged on originality, peer appeal, and simple, colorful design.

Billboards and community signs depicting the winning entries are being displayed throughout McHenry County.

Since 2004, the contest has sought to highlight local talent while educating the community of the ill health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke. Students can work as individuals or as partners.

This project is made possible by funds received from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Visit www.mcdh.info for information on quit smoking classes or call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at (866) QUIT-YES.

Follow MCDH on Facebook and Twitter www.twitter.com/mchenrycohealth.

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