NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey (the Partnership), in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, today announced the winners for the seventh annual Protect Me With 3+ adolescent immunization awareness poster and video contest.
The winners and finalists in each category were honored at an awards ceremony and banquet held at The Conference Center at RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness on April 28, 2019. The top three winners in the poster and video categories received prizes and the opportunity for their artistic creations to be distributed during statewide immunization awareness activities.
Middle School Poster Contest Winners:
1st place: Ava Butterline from Franklin Elementary School
2nd place: Katie Thearle from Franklin Elementary School
3rd place: Emily Ramos from Henry Hudson Regional
High School Poster Contest Winners:
1st place: Ansh Gupta from John P. Stevens High School
2nd place: Emma Steinberg from Marlboro High School
3rd place: Brandon Garsson from Marlboro High School
High School Video Contest Winners:
1st place: Nicole Kye from Ridgewood High School
2nd place: Daniel Cohen from Marlboro High School
3rd place: Isabella Riggi from Academy of Allied Health and Science
Teachers and schools with the most eligible classroom submissions in each category were also acknowledged at the ceremony. The winning teachers and schools include:
- Venisha Jordan – Franklin Elementary, Rahway, NJ – Middle School Poster Category
- Denise DePalma – Orange High School, Orange, NJ – High School Poster Category
- William Werntz – Marlboro High School, Marlboro, NJ – High School Video Category
The Protect Me With 3+ contest raises awareness about the importance of adolescent immunizations to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate, and influenza (flu).
This year, we received nearly 400 poster and video entries from middle school and high school students across the state. The winning creations can be viewed at http://protectmewith3.com/winners.
“The Protect Me With 3+ contest teaches young adults about the vaccinations they need to stay healthy while helping them develop important team building skills,” said Ilise Zimmerman, President and CEO of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey. “Educating students about the benefits of adolescent vaccination can help prevent the spread of serious and potentially deadly diseases.”
“The Department of Health is proud to share these informative posters and videos at various health events throughout New Jersey,” said Dr. Tina Tan, State Epidemiologist and Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health. “We’d like to thank all of the students and teachers who participated in support of adolescent immunization!”
New Jersey students in grades 5-8 were eligible to submit posters, while students in grades 9-12 were eligible to submit either posters or videos. The public voted for their favorite entries from March 25 through April 7, 2019.
About the Partnership
The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). Its mission is to improve the health of women, children, and families. The Partnership has more than 20 years of experience mounting community-based, consumer-friendly and culturally competent educational programs to parents, caregivers, pregnant women and individuals of child-bearing age. For more information visit, http://partnershipmch.org/.
To learn more about vaccinations, please visit the New Jersey Department of Health’s website: http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/vpdp.shtml.