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Winner of the New Jersey High School Drug Prevention Music Competition Announced

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Millburn, NJ – The votes have been counted!  The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) announced today that Brigid Harrington, of Ocean County, is this year’s New Jersey Shout Down Drugs (NJSDD) “Online Voting People’s Choice Finalist”. The high school freshman received the highest vote count from the 99,282 total votes cast, more than double the votes cast in 2014, shattering all records from previous years.
 
The NJSDD music competition is designed to allow high school teens throughout New Jersey to utilize their musical talents and writing ability to create original songs that instill drug prevention messages among their peers and the New Jersey community.  Harrington, a student from Ocean County Vocational Technical School (Performing Arts Academy), will advance to the finals and perform her original prevention song, entitled “#IDontDoDrugs,” at the 11th Annual Prevention Concert, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), on April 17th . She will compete with the other finalists, for one of three music contracts, valued at $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000.  The remaining county finalists will be announced on March 2, on ShoutDownDrugs.com.
 
This is the 5th year that the public had the opportunity to vote for a People’s Choice Finalist from all of the entries submitted, representing a wide range of artist styles and genres from around the state.
 
“In only a two-week period, nearly 100,000 votes were cast, which is just astonishing,” said Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. “More importantly, young people from across the country—hailing from 49 states, and the District of Columbia—and six of the seven continents around the globe, were inspired by substance abuse prevention messages created by New Jersey high school students.”   The second round of voting for all the contest finalists will begin on March 9 and will continue until the day before the April 17thPrevention Concert.  Those votes will be factored into the finalists’ scores the evening of the concert to help choose the three winners.
 
New Jersey Broadcasters Association (NJBA), this year’s title sponsor, will air the concert on its member stations throughout New Jersey.  Air dates will be announced in the future.  Other sponsors include Greater Media and Comcast/NBCUniversal, which has been supporting the program since 2006.
 
Tickets for the Prevention Concert are free, but reservations must be made.  Reservations will be accepted beginning March 9, 2015, by visiting ShoutDownDrugs.com or by calling 973-467-2100, ext. 19.
 
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 120 Advertising and Public Relations Awards from National, Regional & Statewide Media Organizations.

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