Students in Misty Granger's sixth-hour class at Piedmont Intermediate School were the grand-prize winners in the ninth annual “Be Smart — Don't Start Anti-Tobacco Contest.”
The contest is a tobacco-free initiative that provides Oklahoma elementary students the opportunity to teach their peers about the dangers of tobacco use.
A 30-second public service announcement featuring the students will be recorded for distribution to television and radio stations, posted on multiple websites and promoted across the state.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and community partners offered an anti-tobacco curriculum at no cost to elementary students in two divisions, kindergarten through second grades and third through fifth grades.
In addition to the grand-prize winner, nine other classes were recognized.
Kindergarten through second-grade winners:
Marivel Pinto family, Oklahoma City homeschool, first-place video.
Holly Johnson family, Oklahoma City homeschool, second-place video.
Jenks Southeast Elementary, Carla Taber's second grade, first-place visual.
Jenks SE Elementary, Alexis McGehee's second grade, second-place visual.
Third through fifth grade winners:
Burns Flat-Dill City Elementary, Valerie Fite's fifth-grade girls, first-place video.
Jenks SE Elementary, Emily Walker's third grade, second-place video.
Piedmont Intermediate, Misty Granger's fifth grade, second-hour class, third-place video.
Northwood Elementary, Piedmont School District, Shelli Smith's third grade, first-place visual.
The grand prize and first-place winning classes win an iPad for the classroom, a field trip to Science Museum Oklahoma, iTunes cards and trophies.
They will be honored during a May 1 awards ceremony at the state Capitol, where they will have photos taken with legislators.
Second- and third-place winning classes will receive gift cards for school supplies and trophies.
John Williams is a communications consultant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma.
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