Students from 35 States Recognized for Achievements in National Tar Wars Poster Contest

Students visit Capitol Hill to share their message of tobacco use prevention

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 6052

WASHINGTON — Jared Gorthy, a fifth-grader from Colorado Springs, Colo., was named the 2010 Tar Wars national poster contest winner Monday, July 26, at a ceremony during the Tar Wars National Conference in Washington, D.C. As the national poster contest winner, Jared receives a family trip to Disney World worth up to $3,000.

Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program administered by the American Academy of Family Physicians that increases fourth- and fifth-grade students’ awareness of attitudes about tobacco use and the effects of tobacco on the body. Since it was established in 1988, Tar Wars has reached more than 8 million children with its tobacco-free message.

The Tar Wars program culminates with its annual poster contest, which encourages children to create posters that emphasize the positive aspects of not using tobacco.

In addition to Jared, three runners-up, six honorable mentions and the state-level poster contest winners were recognized at the awards ceremony. The 26 state winners in attendance received a prize packet and a special gift.


  • Second place: Gianni Chiodo — Des Moines, Iowa
  • Third place: Krysti Maines — Sparta, N.C.
  • Fourth place: Macy M. Willis — LaGrange, Ga.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Fifth place: Lakyn C. Ogle — Pleasant City, Ohio
  • Sixth place: Rachel Majors — Tipton, Ind.
  • Seventh place: Bryce Allen Martin — Hinton, W. Va.
  • Eighth place: Erynn Novak — Novi, Mich.
  • Ninth place: Ashton Curtis — Madison, Miss.
  • Tenth place: Claire Lin — St. Louis, Mo.

The winning posters were chosen from 35 entries, all of which were winners of state-level Tar Wars poster contests. Posters were judged on their artistry, creativity, originality and their ability to communicate a clear and positive message about being tobacco-free.

Digital images of all winning posters can be downloaded here( Poster artwork is also displayed in schools and is reproduced on promotional items available at

In addition to recognizing poster contest winners, the Tar Wars National Conference allows students to voice their opinions about tobacco use and tobacco legislation to their congressional leaders during visits to Capitol Hill.

Tar Wars is the only youth tobacco education program offered at this time by a medical specialty organization in the United States. It reaches approximately 400,000 students annually. Family physicians and other health care professionals present Tar Wars programs to fourth- and fifth-graders in their local schools, during which they talk with youth about how tobacco makes one’s breath smell and how smoking can impair one’s ability to be active and play sports. The students also learn about practical issues, such as how much it costs to use tobacco for a week, a month, a year and over a lifetime.

Tar Wars has been presented in all 50 states as well as in Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

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