Five area fifth-grade students were recently recognized for sharing why they choose to be tobacco free. The Huron County Tobacco Control Alliance (HCTCA) sponsored an essay contest this fall. "With over 80 Huron County students participating, the contest was a success", said Mackenzie VanDyne of the American Lung Association of Ohio and HCTCA member. The essay title, "The Choice for Me Is Tobacco Free" encouraged students to share their knowledge about the dangers of tobacco as well as some personal stories.
The three South Central winners were Hannah Sampson, Nikky King and Meagan Rhine. Austin Brubaker of Celeryville Christian in Willard and Madison Scagnetti of Immaculate Conception in Bellevue also took home prizes for writing the winning essays at their schools.
Each winner received a prize as well as a frozen treat for their entire class.
The Huron County Tobacco Control Alliance invites anyone interested in the mission of uniting Huron County in tobacco education, prevention, cessation, and advocacy to call their local American Lung Association of Ohio office at (419) 663-5864.