Governor names student winners of Choose Respect poster contest

Gov. Sean Parnell has announced the winner of the 2013 Choose Respect Poster Contest: Mears Middle School students Justin Parker, Christopher Young, and Mcrussell Lazaro. The winning poster’s message is: “Silence leads to more violence. Speak Up!”

“The message of Choose Respect is for everyone, but when young students are involved, it is particularly powerful,” Gov. Parnell said in a release. “Peers can have a significant and positive influence on other youth. The story being told through this poster is especially compelling and speaks to how youth can lead change.”

Gov. Parnell notified the winning students, along with Principal Michael Perkins and teacher Matthew Bohannan, at Mears Middle School in Anchorage via Skype from his Juneau office. The poster contest winners and their classmates will be treated to an ice cream party provided by Tastee Freez of Anchorage. The winning posters will be displayed in numerous locations across the state, including airports, schools, clinics, and the State Capitol.

The Governor’s Office received more than 180 poster entries from Alaska students. This year’s theme was “iRespect.” A runner-up poster was also selected for younger audiences with images of children enjoying fun activities in a safe environment. Petersburg High School senior, Noppanun Saensuk created the cartoon concept with the direction of her teacher Ashley DuRoss.

The winning poster and runner-up poster are available at:


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