Rushville Republican

August 23, 2013

And the winner is

Rushville Republican

---- — It’s not every day that a citizen of Rush County Indiana can claim they’ve received a National Award, especially when you’re seven years old! We can now make that claim and her name is Jenna Lawler.

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union is pleased to announce the winners of the Picture Coloring, Essay and Poster Contests for 2013. The winners were chosen from thousands of entries throughout the United States and were previously winners in local and state contests. Among those national winners is Ms. Jenna Lawler, First Grade Student at Mays Elementary School. On August 15 Sarah Ward (National WTCU) and Carolyn Poer (Knightstown WCTU presented Ms. Lawler with her Certificate of Accomplishment as the national winner as well a check for her winning picture.

The WCTU annual contest offers primary school-age children in Kindergarten and Grades 1-3 an opportunity to present in an artistic manner, a message promoting abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs as well as abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

The Essay Contest (grades 4-6), Poster Contest (grades 4-12) and Intercollegiate Oratorical Contest offers students an opportunity to research, create, write, and speak on the subjects of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs with an emphasis on total abstinence.

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union believes that young people should be aware of the problems involved with the use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, illegal drugs and pornography. They encourage and promote research into the effects of these as they relate to the health and happiness of the individual, the protection of the home, safety, crime and violence. For more than 135 years the WCTU has trained women to think on their feet, speak in public, and run an organization. Jenna Lawler is becoming one of those young women as she represented her school and state in the national contest.