Winners of Local Anti-Tobacco Radio Public Service Announcement Contest Announced on April 16, 2014
By Dr. Barry Hummel, Jr., Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation

On April 16, 2014, the winners of a 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.

WSTU Studios
Danny Pooler (standing) surveys the scene, as Shannon Levy (L) and Bibiana Mijares (R)
get some last minute instructions from "Coaches Corner" Host Mike Thomas.

Five entries were selected as finalists in the radio contest by local radio personalities and tobacco control staff. The finalists were then judged by members of the Orlando Magic radio broadcast teams. The broadcasters ranked the finalists and selected the First, Second, and Third Place Winners.

First place was awarded to "Don't Smoke Tobacco ". The PSA was produced by Ellie Bakkedahl, Lindsay Hughes, and Shannon Levy, students in the Leadership Class at Martin County High School.

Second place was awarded to "SWAT: We Will Not Smoke ". The PSA was written and recorded by Christomar Barker, Josh'lynn Unique Christie, and Helena Weston, who are members of the Students Working Against Tobacco Club at Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School.

Anderson MS SWAT
Anderson Middle School SWAT Club receive certificates for their 2nd Place victory!

Third place in was awarded to "Cancer". The PSA was written and recorded by Anna Bauduc, Danny Pooler, and Quinn Roe, a group of students from the Martin County High School Speech Class.

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

Rounding out the finalists were ""You Can Stop", written and produced by Bibiana Mijares and Craig Rovner, and "Put it Out ", written and produced by Mikaela Balzer, Mackenzie McClellan, and Caroline Smith.

Anderson Middle School students Josh'lynn Unique Christie (L) Lelena Weston (center), and
Christomar Barker (R) take over the microphones for their interview.
Martin County High School students Danny Pooler, Shannon Levy, and Bibiana Mijares look on.

All of the finalists were 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.

Dante Marchitelli of the Orlando Magic said that he was delighted to have the opportunity to judge the contest, and he has already committed his broadcast team to judge the contest in 2015.

Danny Pooler (L), Shannon Levy (C) and Bibiana Mijares (R)
share their experiences during the live broadcast of "Coaches Corner".

For more information on local youth tobacco prevention efforts, contact Kim Waser, Martin County's Tobacco Prevention Specialist, at

You can watch the entire interview, recorded by the WSTU-AM Studio webcam, here:

Coaches Corner Interview, April 16, 2014:
Winners of WSTU-AM 1450 Anti-Tobacco PSA Contest Announced