This anti-meth artwork of three Valley kids will be incorporated into a widely distributed poster following a contest by the state Attorney General's Office:
First Place: Alison Calabrese, Wigwam Creek Middle School, Litchfield Park (above)2nd Place: Caessar Saldana, Mohave Middle School, Scottsdale 3rd Place: Brandon Chheng, Royal Palm Middle School, Phoenix
As the first place winner, Calabrese will receive $500. The runners-up, as well as several others who received honorable mention awards, also received cash prizes.
It seems like a good idea to have local kids help make these ads -- certainly better than spending millions of dollars on them. It's just too hard to believe that the Arizona Meth Project ads(see below), featuring faked meth-use symptoms, really prevent teens from trying meth.
As we reported in February, state statistics show meth use among Arizona's youth had been declining for years before the ad campaign.