St. Louis teens will receive cash prizes up to $2,000 for being leaders in the teen health community at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 4:30 pm, Missouri History Museum in the AT&T Room located at 5700 Lindell Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63112.
The winning students' projects were chosen from over 1,000 entry submissions to the Walgreens Expressions Challenge. First place winners will receive $2,000 each, along with $500 for their teachers and $500 for their schools. Second place winners will receive $1,250 each, along with $500 for their teachers. Student participants in the Expressions Challenge worked both individually and in groups, to submit Creative Writing, Visual Art and Multimedia entries, expressing themselves on teen implications from the root of teen issues to low self-esteem.
Alderwoman Marlene Davis will present the keynote address, followed by presentations from St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis County Health Department, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, and the Expressions Challenge sponsors. In addition, a special motivational address will be delivered by St. Louis native and 2005 American Idol Contestant Aloha "Mi'Sho" Mischeaux. St. Louis License Commissioner Michael McMillan is a confirmed special invited guest. Prior to the award ceremony, there will be a brief reception.
Expressions Challenge Winners are:
Shantellius White - First Place Creative Writing - Carnahan High School of the Future
Kyria Smith - Second Place Creative Writing - McCluer High School
Jacob Lindsey - First Place in Visual Arts - Cleveland NJROTC Academy
Guadalupe Gaona - Second Place Visual Arts - Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club
Tierra Wilson - First Place Multimedia - Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club
David Markivee - Second Place Multimedia - Fort Zumwalt West High School
The Expressions Challenge has run in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), since 2007 and in St. Louis for the second year. To date, the program has given away over $100,000 to students, teachers and schools and has reached more than 100,000 teens. This year's Expressions Challenge offered larger cash prizes, and sought to directly address three key needs: 1) encouraging discussion promoting teen health; 2) boosting public school resources; and 3) cultivating student creativity; and leveraging new technology.
For more information visit www.ExpressionsChallenge.com.
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