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MILLBURN, NJ — More than 1,000 fourth grade students from across New Jersey showcased their artistic skill as part of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Design a Fourth Grade Folder contest this year, but only 33 earned recognition at the program virtual award ceremony held Wednesday, May 12.

Ryan Bonhard, of Jospeh T. Donohoe School in Barnegat; Giulianna Braxton, of Lavallette School in Lavallette; and Alyssa Martucci and Lu Ming Zu, of Saint Peter School in Point Pleasant Beach, were selected as finalists in the competition, representing Ocean County. All 33 fourth grade student finalists will receive medals for their creative peer-to-peer substance use prevention artwork following the theme, “Fun Things to Do Instead of Drugs.”

Ryan’s 4th Grade Folder Artwork          Giulianna’s 4th Grade Folder Artwork

Alyssa’s 4th Grade Folder Artwork                    Lu Ming’s 4th Grade Folder Artwork

“These students should not only be applauded for their artistic talent, but also for being peer leaders and sharing these important drug-free messages,” said Angelo Valente, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. “Their artwork showcases what it means to them to live a healthy drug-free lifestyle.

“It is never too early to begin the conversation and educate today’s youth about substance use and prevention efforts,” Valente added. “The Fourth Grade Folder Contest is just one example of how to engage students and encourage them to make smart decisions throughout their lives.”

To view the Fourth Grade Folder Contest presentation, please visit: http://drugfreenj.org/2021online/