Winners of Local Anti-Tobacco Radio Public Service Announcement Contest Announced on April 14, 2016
By Dr. Barry Hummel, Jr., QuitDoc Foundation

On April 14, 2016, 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.

Host Mike Thomas prepares to interview the finalists on "The Coaches Corner".

Six 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 "I Don't Love It". The PSA was produced by Kara Percival, Justine Jocks, and Celeste Lambert, students from Martin County High School.

Kara Percival and Justine Jocks at the WSTU-AM studios.

Second place was awarded to "Tobacco Bye-Bye". The PSA was written and recorded by members of the Stuart Middle School SWAT Club, including Madison Coble, Amy Hiltibidal, Abigail Neher, Brad Ptolemy, Rose Alice Rooney, Dakota Rowell, Patrixk Ward, and Kristen Zechman.

The Stuart Middle School SWAT Club prepares to discuss discuss the making of "Tobacco Bye-Bye"

Third place in was awarded to "Dear Future". The PSA was written and recorded by Gisselle Cruz, Katie Johnson, and Kira Green, a group of students from the Martin County High School Leadership Program.

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

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 2017.

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

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