Winners of the 2019 Anti-Tobacco Radio Public Service Announcement Contest Announced on WSTU-AM Radio's Coaches Corner
By Dr. Barry Hummel, Jr., QuitDoc Foundation
May 7, 2019

On May 7, 2019, the winners of our local anti-tobacco radio PSA contest were announced during a live broadcast of the Coaches Corner radio show on WSTU-AM 1450.

The Anti-Tobacco Public Service Announcement Contest is co-sponsored by WSTU/WPSL-AM Radio, the Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation, and the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County. The contest gives local youth the opportunity to create their own 30-second radio and video PSAs highlighting youth tobacco issues. Middle and high school students throughout the Treasure Coast are invited to submit entries. The winners of the radio contest were selected by local radio personalities and tobacco control staff throughout Florida. The winners were then invited to the WSTU-AM studios for the Coaches Corner show, hosted by Mike Thomas, where they were interviewed about their views on youth tobacco use and the process of creating their spots.

First place was awarded to "I'm a Cigarette". The PSA was produced by the Murray Middle School SWAT Club. The spot was written and recorded by SWAT members Kiersten Adams, Tanner Combs, Julia Costa, Austin Duncan, Alyssa Edick-Fillyaw, Sariah Favors, Ana Fernandez, Logan Jacobs, Dana Palmer, Ava Rowan, Derek Shasteen, Kayla Shasteen, Gabriella Smith, and Elliott Steward.

Second place was awarded to "Put It Out Before It Puts You Out". The PSA was written and recorded by members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, including Kalista Bonnar-Hansen, Marlana Ellis, Kendra Ellis, Mariyah Smith, and Anaya Jean Thornton.

Third place in was awarded to "Chemicals". The PSA was produces by members of the Stuart Middle School SWAT Club. The PSA was written and recorded byNikki Allison, Danielle Boyle, and Hannah Erwig.

All three winning radio spots will air on WSTU-AM and WPSL-AM radio for the next year.

For more information on local youth tobacco prevention efforts, contact Kim Nash, Martin County's Tobacco Prevention Specialist, at KNash@QuitDoc.com.