Local students win big in tobacco PSA contest

Top entries credited for helping discourage tobacco use in Alameda County

Tri-Valley students were recognized last month for using the power of public service announcements to help snuff out tobacco and vaping in Alameda County.

Students from several Pleasanton and Livermore schools took home awards for their part in the Alameda County Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program’s annual PSA contest, which aims to educate the public about the health risks of tobacco.

On April 29, the TUPE Youth Advisory Board honored more than 80 audio, poster and video entries that were sent in by 10 school districts from across Alameda County. The submissions were “created to convince local city council members and policy makers to pass laws banning flavored tobacco products in their communities,” according to the Alameda County Office of Education.

Granada High School swept the High School Poster category with students Mirin Felcansmith, Lindsey Wilson and Tal Avivi placing first, second and third, respectively. Granada also dominated the High School Video entries, in which Emily McCandless tied for second place with a student from Oakland and Faith Lesuer and Christian Silva shared third place with each other.

Pleasanton Middle School student Christopher Lee also tied in first place for Middle School Video while Keerthi Nalabotu from Harvest Park Middle School was the runner up. Last but not least, Alyssa Wu from Hart Middle School scored the first prize trophy for Middle School Poster.

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