TRUMBULL, Conn. – October 14, 2009 – The winning entry for the Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking (TPAUD) Poster and Graphic Design Contest is now prominently featured on a billboard along Main Street in Trumbull (See below). Trumbull High School junior Bailey O’Malley designed the winning entry aimed at reminding students about the negative impact drinking can have on their future. The billboard is scheduled to appear from September 21 through October 18, 2009.
“Bailey’s design is a powerful illustration of the message we have been sending to parents and teens over the last two years,” explained Peg Perillie, chair of TPAUD. “We hope that it opens a dialogue between teens and their parents about consequences of underage drinking and helps to reduce the incidence of underage drinking in our community.”
Featuring the image of a bottle pouring beer over the image of a soccer ball, A+ and the word “college,” the headline reminds teens “Don’t pour out your dreams… Say no to underage drinking.” (SEE IMAGE ATTACHED)
The town wide contest, held last spring, called for individuals in grades 6 – 12 to submit entries that incorporated the theme of underage drinking prevention and made the case for young people to remain alcohol free. In addition to Bailey’s winning entry, TPAUD presented honorable mention awards to the following students:
- Michael Brennan, St. Theresa’s School
- Elizabeth Pavlik, St. Joseph High School
- Melissa Yellen, Independent Entry
Funding for the design contest and billboard comes from a Strategic Prevention Framework State Initiative Grant (SPF SIG) awarded to the Town of Trumbull for TPAUD activities. Trumbull is one of 29 Connecticut grantees to receive this funding from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) on behalf of the Governor’s office. The federal funding for this initiative comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).