CAMDEN COUNTY, NJ – Four county teens have been named finalists in the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey's (PDFNJ) New Jersey Shout Down Drugs music competition.
Alexander Brown of Blackwood and Tcherno Balde of Clementon, students at Highland Regional High School, and Brian Libucki of Barrington and Abby Wood of Camden, students at Haddon Heights High School, are among 31 students selected as finalists in the statewide New Jersey Shout Down Drugs competition.
Brown and Balde, of the group Dr. Bob and Mr. Bob, wrote an original song, “Sweet Poison,” which was chosen as a finalist from numerous entries from across the state. Libucki and Wood reached the finals for their song, “Mama.”
The initiative challenges high school students to create original music with lyrics that contain powerful peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention messages.
The finalists, selected through a peer-to-peer judges panel and public online voting, will compete for $10,000 in music contracts.
The public can vote for the songs by Dr. Bob and Mr. Bob and Libucki and Wood on ShoutDownDrugs.com until May 18. The site features profiles of all this year’s finalists and allows the public to cast votes for their favorite songs. These results will be factored into the finalists’ scores on the night of the concert.
The Camden County teens will perform their songs at the 13th Annual New Jersey Shout Down Drugs music concert presented by the New Jersey Broadcaster’s Association, on May 19, 2017, at the Rutgers University Nicholas Music Center in New Brunswick. Bert Baron, 1450 WCTC radio talk show host, will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Tickets are free of charge, but must be reserved at ShoutDownDrugs.com or by calling 973-467-2100 x19.
FINALISTS’ PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
Best known for its statewide anti-drug advertising campaign, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is a private not-for-profit coalition of professionals from the communications, corporate and government communities whose collective mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in New Jersey through media communication. To date, more than $70 million in broadcast time and print space has been donated to the Partnership’s New Jersey campaign, making it the largest public service advertising campaign in New Jersey’s history. Since its inception the Partnership has garnered 161 Advertising and Public Relations Awards from National, Regional & Statewide Media Organizations.