Each year, Knights of Columbus councils across the country sponsor a Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest to make young people in their communities aware of the dangers of the abuse of drugs and alcohol and to give them a positive outlook to embrace against the peer pressure to use alcohol and drugs. The posters’ thought-provoking visuals and slogans send the message that drugs and alcohol are not the way to go.
Entrants compete in one of two age groups — ages 8 to 11 and ages 12 to 14. Father McNeils Council 1481, Indiana, sponsored the contest locally through the St. Bernard Regional Catholic School with the first-place posters going on to the statewide competition. Judging is based on slogan, artistic merit and overall impact with cash prizes awarded to the winners.
Emily Marshall placed first in the 8 to 11 group and Madison Cattau placed first in the 12 to 14 age group. Abby Novak earned second place, Aidan Cattau placed third, and Eve Fiala and Daniel Brody received honorable mentions.
[PHOTO: Those who placed in the Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest were, front row, from left, Abby Novak, second place; Madison Cattau, first; Emily Marshall, first; and Daniel Brody, honorable mention. Back row, from left, are Dr. Vito Dongiovanni, Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness poster chairman; Eve Fiala, honorable mention; and Father Thomas Federline, St. Bernard’s Church and Chaplain of Knights of Columbus. Aidan Cattau, honorable mention, was absent from the photo. (Jamie Empfield/Gzaette photo)]