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Genesee County honored their annual STOP-DWI Poster Contest and Top Cop winners a little differently this year. In years past, a luncheon would take place and all award recipients would be honored for their service and artwork.
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had to think of a way to still celebrate these students and officers for their hard work. Members of the STOP-DWI Board and Youth Bureau staff decided to have banners made in the winners’ honor and had the banners placed in front of their school or police agency.
In addition to the banners, each first-place winner, along with the Grand Prize winner, had their artwork displayed on brown paper bags that were donated to Tops Markets in Batavia to distribute to shoppers.
The Poster Contest award recipients are youth throughout Genesee County in grades sixth-12th who submitted a STOP-DWI poster focused on the 2020 theme.
The idea was to spark creativity and come up with their own slogan of two things that do not go together. The example provided was “Drinking and Driving Go Together like Peas and Guacamole, Don’t Drink and Drive."
There are three categories: sixth through eighth grade; ninth through 12th grade, and Computer Generated Art. There is also an overall Grand Prize Winner.
All award winners will receive commendations from the Genesee County Legislature, a gift card to Target, and a T-shirt with the Grand Prize Winner’s artwork on it. They will also be able to keep their banner that was displayed at their school. The Grand Prize Winner’s artwork will also be displayed on a billboard on Route 5 in Batavia.
The sixth through eighth grade winners are:
- Third Place -- Logan Dryja; Logan is a sixth-grade student at St. Joseph Regional School
- Second Place -- Clayton Conrad; Clayton is a sixth-grade student at St. Joseph Regional School
- First Place -- Evianna Marts; Evianna is a seventh-grade student at Byron-Bergen Central School
Congratulations to our sixth through eighth grade winners!
The ninth- through 12th-grade winners are:
- Third Place -- Sarah Streeter; Sarah is a 12th-grade student at Byron-Bergen Central School
- Second Place -- Zoey Shepard; Zoey is a 10th-grade student at Byron-Bergen Central School
- First Place -- Skylar Sharpe; Skylar is a 12th-grade student at Byron-Bergen Central School
Congratulations to our ninth- through 12th-grade winners!
The Computer Generated Art winners are:
- Third Place -- Savannah Heick; Savannah is a seventh-grade student at Byron-Bergen Central School
- Second Place -- Owen Coles; Owen is a 12th-grade student at Batavia High School
- First Place -- Gavin Wagner; Gavin is a 10th-grade student at Batavia High School
Congratulations to our Computer Generated Art winners!
And our Grand Prize winner is a team of two:
Grace Shepard and Brooke Jarkiewicz! Grace and Brooke are both 11th-grade students at Byron-Bergen Central School.
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winners!
This year’s Top Cop Award was presented to four officers:
- Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy David Moore
- Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Quackenbush
- Batavia Police Officer Peter Post
- Le Roy Police Officer Austin Steinbrenner
These officers received this award for going above and beyond with DWI arrests during a 12-month time period. Their dedication and contributions are appreciated by the STOP-DWI Board to ensure the safety of our community.
Congratulations and thank you to all recipients for their contributions. We look forward to holding the contest and luncheon again later this year.
Top image: Grand Prize artwork by Grace Shepard and Brooke Jarkiewicz. It will be displayed on a billboard on Route 5 in Batavia.