Forest Lake boasts three district winners in Lions drug awareness poster contest

Community Editor

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The 31st annual Forest Lake Lions Drug Awareness Poster contest was held on Jan. 13 to 15 during the organization’s January Mid-Winter Convention.
Forest Lake competed against more than 50 other Lion’s clubs and walked away with three district-level winners. Sophomore Allison Witzmann, fifth grade St. Peter student Alli Schauls, and Montessori kindergartner Charlie McConnell all took home top district honors and received a plaque and $50.
Out of 600 total posters submitted, Forest Lake local winners included kindergartners Porsha Yang and Teagan Griffin from Montessori in second and third respectively; first graders Jacob Miller, Lincoln Gallmeire, and Taylor Atchison from Wyoming Elementary in first, second, and third respectively; fourth graders Ashley Gutz, Chris Vuz, and Kennedy DeSmet from Forest Lake Elementary and Linwood Elementary in first, second and third respectively; fifth graders Cameron Mata and Emma Ptacek from Forest Lake Elementary in second and third respectively; eighth graders Carissa Thaemert, Lucy Vue, and Emma Ramirez-Mayorga, from Southwest Junior High and North Lakes Academy in first, second and third respectively, and sophomores Grace and Callie Johnson in second and third respectively.
Posters were judged on their effectiveness of an anti-drug message presentation and artistic skill. First place finishers received $50, second earned $30, and third was awarded $20, with district winners receiving an additional $50 and an invite to the February Forest Lake Lions dinner meeting, where they will present their posters to the club and be awarded their plaques.