Camrie Gurule, a student in OCDE’s ACCESS Skyview School, recently won the top prize in a contest organized by the Orange County Health Care Agency for her artwork aimed at preventing the use of alcohol products among young people.
Students of Skyview participated in five-week alcohol and tobacco prevention “Media Detective” workshops and an Alcohol Awareness Art Contest offered by the agency’s Alcohol & Drug Education & Prevention Team (ADEPT).
The ADEPT workshops allow students to unravel the meanings behind alcohol and tobacco messaging and are conducted at many schools throughout the county.
One of the projects of the workshops is to create a counter ad on the dangers of alcohol and drug use. The idea is for youth to utilize the skills they learned in the workshop to counter the positive portrayals of alcohol in the media, and to also expose how the industry targets youth in their alcohol ads.
After youth from throughout the county submit their creations, a winner was selected based on the message and creativity of the poster.
Camrie’s poster shows how alcohol consumption is essentially a poison for the human body, especially the liver. The winning poster will be scanned by graphic artists, and ADEPT will make copies to be produced into posters or magnets that will be given out throughout schools and communities all over Orange County. Camrie was also presented with a certificate of recognition for her hard work.