Winners of Local Anti-Tobacco Radio Public Service Announcement Contest Announced on April 11, 2016
By Dr. Barry Hummel, Jr., QuitDoc Foundation

On April 11, 2017, 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.

The finalists in the radio contest were selected 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". The PSA was produced by the Murray Middle School SWAT Club. The spot was written and recorded by SWAT members Anastasia Avitable, Talan Bello, Quincy Clark, Lizet Diaz, Chaeyenne Dollin-Galloway, Sariah Favors, Brooke Hawkins, Valery Mejia, Alexes Mijares, Arya Patel, Elliot Steward, and Anaya Thronton.   Murray Middle School SWAT Advisor Cynthia Bishop and SWAT Member Arya Patel discuss their entry.

Stuart Middle School SWAT Members describe selecting the song for their PSA.

Second place was awarded to "Open Up Your Mind". The PSA was written and recorded by members of the Stuart Middle School SWAT Club, including MaKayla Boyle, Brisa Huerta, Rose Rooney, Genesis Toc-Monrroy, Patrick Ward, and Victories Vieux.

Aristo Onassis, a SWAT Member from theBoys & Girls Club of Hobe Sound,
shares the inspiration for his PSA.

Third place in was awarded to "Devastating Blow". The PSA was written and recorded by Aristo Onassis, a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Hobe Sound.

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

WSTU-AM's Mike Thomas hosted the interview on Coaches Corner.

The winners 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.

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: