SIX HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AWARDED UP TO $2,000 FOR CONTRIBUTING TO TEEN HEALTH ADVOCACY INITIATIVE

Friday, February 1, 2013 Media Contact:  Rachel Strevey                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RStrevey@GoldStarC.com SIX HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AWARDED UP TO $2,000 FOR CONTRIBUTING TO TEEN HEALTH ADVOCACY INITIATIVE Visual art, multimedia works showcased during a recognition ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center   CHICAGO (Friday, Feb. 1, 2013) – Chicago Public Schools teens received cash prizes […]

Friday, February 1, 2013

Media Contact:  Rachel Strevey                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RStrevey@GoldStarC.com

SIX HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AWARDED UP TO $2,000 FOR CONTRIBUTING

TO TEEN HEALTH ADVOCACY INITIATIVE

Visual art, multimedia works showcased during a recognition ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center  

CHICAGO (Friday, Feb. 1, 2013) – Chicago Public Schools teens received cash prizes up to $2,000 for being leaders in the teen health community at an awards ceremony on Friday, January 25, 2013, 4:30 pm, Chicago Cultural Center’s Millennium Room located at 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602.

Chicago Department of Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair gave the keynote address, followed by presentations from Chicago Public Schools and Alderman Carrie Austin.  Guests also included community leaders, school principals and teachers. 

 

Expressions Challenge Winners are:

Angela Trevino – First Place Creative Writing – After School Matters HHW Vocal Arts Project (junior)

Howard Robinson – Second Place Creative Writing  – Corliss High School (senior)

Evonne Weeden – First Place in Visual Arts – Chicago Park District’s Palmer Girls Club (sophomore)

Mara Hontanosas – Second Place Visual Arts – Mather High School (senior)

Gwendolyn Stovall – First Place Multimedia – Lane Technical College Prep High School (sophomore)  

Erika Johnson, Malik Gardener, Ranice Green, and Keri Harwell – Second Place Multimedia – Hyde Park Career Academy (seniors) (group entry)

The winning students’ projects were chosen from over 1,000 entry submissions to the Walgreens Expressions Challenge.  First place winners will receive $2,000 each, along with $500 for their teachers and $500 for their schools. Second place winners will receive $1,250 each, along with $500 for their teachers. Student participants in the Expressions Challenge worked both individually and in groups, to submit Creative Writing, Visual Art and Multimedia entries, expressing themselves on teen implications from the root of teen issues to low self-esteem.PRESSSHOT_01252013Expressions_CHICAGO_Awards-Ceremony9516Lizz_Giordano

 Top Row, L-R: Darren Benton, Mary Beth Szydlowski, Woman Name Unknown, Howard Robinson, Keri Harwell, Robin Robinson, Ericka Johnson, John Gremer, Gwendolyn Stovall, Alderwoman Carrie Austin, Evonne Weeden, Comissioner of Health Dr. Bechara Choucair

Bottom Row, L-R: Mara Hontanosas, Malik Gardener, Ranice Green, Angela Trevino

 

CHICAGO (Feb. 1, 2013) – Winners of the 2012 Walgreens Expressions Challenge pose with representatives from Walgreens, Chicago City Hall, and Chicago Public Schools. Students received cash prizes for creatively voicing their opinions on the challenges teens face when making healthy relationship decisions in the categories of art, essay/poetry and video/photography, last Friday, January 25, 2012 at the Chicago Cultural Center.   More than $100,000 have been awarded to students, teachers and schools in the Chicagoland area through the Expressions Challenge and this year over 1000 students participated. Learn more about the Expressions Challenge at www.ExpressionsChallenge.com.

 

ABOUT THE EXPRESSIONS CHALLENGE

The Expressions Challenge has run in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), since 2007 and in St. Louis for the second year.  To date, the program has given away over $100,000 to students, teachers and schools and has reached more than 100,000 teens. This year’s Expressions Challenge offered larger cash prizes, and sought to directly address three key needs: 1) encouraging discussion promoting teen health; 2) boosting public school resources; and 3) cultivating student creativity; and leveraging new technology. For more information visit www.ExpressionsChallenge.com.

ABOUT CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.

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