To promote healthy relationships and lifestyles in the home and community, students were invited recently to participate in the annual Hernando County Healthy Lifestyles Poster Contest. Winning artists and their teachers were recognized at a reception April 16 during the Art N' Market Walk at Brooksville City Hall. Here are this year's winners.
GRAND PRIZE ($300): Kaylee LaPlaca, Hernando High School, substance abuse.
FIRST PLACE ($200): Nikki Gordon, Hernando High, antibullying; James Spencer, Explorer K-8, healthy relationships; Ngoc Tran, Fox Chapel Middle School, substance abuse.
SECOND PLACE ($100): Amaya Gjertsen, Brooksville Elementary School, substance abuse; Stephanie Vega, Challenger K-8, teen pregnancy; Phoenix Lugo, Central High School, nutrition.
THIRD PLACE ($75): Sara Falls, Explorer K-8, healthy choices; Reid Heidler, Challenger K-8, smoking; Tiffany Schmidt, Central High, smoking.
HONORABLE MENTIONS (ribbons): S. Jass, Westside Elementary School, smoking; Michelle Bass, Explorer K-8, teen pregnancy; Heather Megan Fryer, Explorer K-8, graduation; Patrick Moore, Explorer K-8, smoking; Jacob Bjarkman, Deltona Elementary School, bullying.
TJ Clarke, West Hernando Middle School, nutrition; Ashley Vazquez, Powell Middle School, bullying; Savannah Racquaddio, Challenger K-8, healthy relationships; Annamaria Sullivan, Powell Middle School, smoking; Madison Darby, Powell Middle, smoking.
Joey Hernandes, Hernando High, smoking; Parker Roach-Reasor, Hernando High, substance abuse; Perla Maidana, Hernando High, Substance Abuse; Cathy Holt, Hernando High, alcohol; Amy Walton, Central High School, substance abuse.