The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA) is pleased to announce that Clay County High School is the first-place winner of the ninth annual NO School Spirits Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest. A total of 47 entries from over 350 students attending 29 middle schools and high schools across the state took part in the alcohol prevention and education program. Students created and submitted videos that address the dangers of underage drinking and drinking and driving.
WVABCA Commissioner Fred Wooton said, “Participation continues to grow each year. Our contest would not be possible without our sponsors and funding from State Farm, the National Beverage Control Association, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, and the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program.”
An awards event was held at CCHS on Wednesday, April 13. The entire Panthers student body was joined by guests to present the $5,000 first-place award. In addition, Certificates of Recognition from Gov. Justice were awarded to the winning team. Justice stated, “I am so proud of each and every student across West Virginia that participated in the contest. If these PSA’s save just one student from drinking and driving, then it’s worth it. Unfortunately, I will not be able to celebrate with the winning team at CCHS, but they should know that I recognize their hard work and I am proud for them for sharing this important message with their peers.”
The PSA created by CCHS is currently airing on television and radio stations across the state this month, and will also air in August as students return to school.