Local student wins first place in Tar Wars Contest


BUCKHANNON — A fifth grade student recently received an award for his poster in a Tar Wars Poster Contest. Tyler Freeman of Rock Cave Elementary School (RCES) won first place in the statewide contest. Freeman received a trophy and a check for $500.

The Tar Wars Poster Contest is a statewide contest sponsored by the West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The West Virginia Tar Wars Program states that it “educates students about being tobacco free, provides them with the tools to make positive decisions regarding their health and promotes personal responsibility for their well-being. By utilizing a community-based approach to mobilize family physicians, educators and other health care professionals, Tar Wars can accomplish its mission.” Additionally, goals of the program are to “educate and motivate students to be tobacco free, mobilize health care professionals to become proactive in their community’s health education and encourage community involvement in support of the Tar Wars program.”

Upon winning Freeman was presented with a trophy and a check for $500 by Dr. Joseph Reed, of the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department. Dr. Reed commented, “Tobacco is highly addictive and we are hoping to limit vapor and tobacco products especially for our youth.”

RCES Principal Brian Allman said, “On behalf of the faculty and staff at Rock Cave Elementary School, we would like to congratulate Tyler on this statewide recognition. We are proud of his efforts and support the mission behind this poster contest specifically.  It’s never too early to learn about the dangers of tobacco use and our school looks forward to continuing our partnership with Dr. Joseph Reed well into the future. Congratulations Tyler!”

Congratulations to Tyler Freeman on your award and in representing Upshur County! Thank you to Dr. Reed, Allman and everyone who makes tobacco free education possible!

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