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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, October 17, 2012

22nd Annual Red Ribbon Awards Ceremony

Red Ribbon Week kicks off with the Awards Reception for CADA’s 22nd annual Kids Fight Drugs Poster Contest.


Santa Barbara Courthouse

Of more than 700 artwork submissions, 12 winners and 38 honorable mentions will be honored at 12:00 pm on Saturday, October 20 in the Mural Room of the Santa Barbara Courthouse. This memorable event will feature a performance by 2012 Teen Star Santa Barbara Rachel La Commare, and KEYT Anchor Paula Lopez and District Supervisor Janet Wolf will co-emcee.

The winners’ artwork will grace the pages of the 2013 Kids Fight Drugs Calendars distributed to all children enrolled in South Santa Barbara County schools. Funding for the calendars is provided by the Sheriff’s Office, the DA, and the County Prosecutor. New this year: cash awards were provided by The Bank of Santa Barbara and CADA Board members. The winners are:

- First Place ($500): Irais Pacheco, 4th Grade, Isla Vista Rec. & Park District

- Second Place ($300): Lauren Pitchford, 8th Grade, La Colina Junior High School

- Third Place ($200): Johana Cortes, 6th Grade 6, Isla Vista Rec. & Park District

- Grade Winners ($100):

- Kindergarten: Livianna Plourde, Vieja Valley School

-1st Grade: Suriana Corral, Vieja Valley School

-2nd Grade: Brooke Self, Vieja Valley School

-3rd Grade: Kelly Zamora, Isla Vista Rec. & Park District

-4th Grade: Caitlyn Robinson, Washington Elementary School

-5th Grade: Adriana Ramirez, Isla Vista Rec. & Park District

-6th Grade: Tobie Jessup, Vieja Valley School

-7th Grade: Violet Beraldo, Goleta Valley Junior High School

- 8th Grade: Abbey Willet, La Colina Junior High School

Outstanding Teacher Award: Mariko Tabar, Vieja Valley School

We invite you to join us at the Awards Reception to see the winners receive their red ribbons and cash prizes!

Red Ribbon Week (Oct 22-31) will continue with activities and celebrations in local area schools based on the theme “The Best Me is Drug Free.”

Activities on junior high and high school campuses are coordinated by CADA’s Youth Service Specialists (YSS), who provide alcohol and drug related prevention and intervention services in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria.

Red Ribbon Week commemorates DEA Officer Enriqué Camarena, who gave his life in the battle against drug trafficking. Millions of Americans nationwide will wear red ribbons and participate in community events as a sign of their commitment to a drug and alcohol-free life.

For more information, please contact Lauren Haines at 805.963.1433 x 138.

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