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$20,000 Awarded to Schools in 2016 National Red Ribbon Week® Photo Contest
20 schools, families recognized for commitment to youth drug prevention

DEC 02 (WASHINGTON) – ‘Tis the season for giving! Today, 20 creative teams across the nation found out they are winners of $1,000 each from the National Family Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest. The 10 winning families who decorated their homes and the 10 winning schools who decorated their campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: “YOLO. Be Drug Free,” earn $1,000 each for their local schools and an iPad for the family or the person who entered on behalf of the school. The contest was part of the annual National Red Ribbon Week® celebration – the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign.  

The contest, sponsored by the National Family Partnership (NFP) and co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), encouraged families and schools nationwide to decorate their homes and campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme, “YOLO. Be Drug Free™.” Contest participants uploaded their photos and then asked others to vote for their entry. The entries with the most votes in each of the 10 regions in each category (home entry and school entry) won the contest.

“An estimated 80 million people celebrate Red Ribbon Week each year,” says NFP President Peggy Sapp. “We designed the contest to involve families, schools, and communities in delivering the drug prevention message to children while promoting a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.”

Close to 100,000 votes were cast in support of the more than 400 contest entries. Money earned for winning the contest will go to drug education and prevention programs.

See all 2016 photo entries at www.redribbon.org/contest/winners.

Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 after the abduction and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. The first ever National Red Ribbon Week was organized by the National Family Partnership in 1988. NFP continues to sponsor the campaign for families, schools and communities across the nation each year. Since its inception, the campaign has touched millions of lives to promote and celebrate drug free living.

“Congratulations to all of the Red Ribbon Photo Contest participants,” said Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.  “This is a great way to spread the prevention message and educate students and families about drug abuse.”

2016 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest Winners

School Entries


Region 1

Braintree High School

Braintree, Massachusetts

Region 2

Red Bank Middle School

Red Bank, New Jersey

Region 3

Ingomar Middle School

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Region 4

Orlando Science Elementary

Orlando, Florida

Region 5

Allen East High School

Bluffton, Ohio

Region 6

Milan Elementary School

Milan, New Mexico

Region 7

Cameron R-I School District

Cameron, Missouri

Region 8

Naples Elementary School

Vernal, Utah

Region 9

Charles G. Emery Elementary School

Buena Park, California

Region 10

Riley Creek School

Gold Beach, Oregon

Home Entries


Region 1

The Rivera Family

Paul R Baird Middle School

Ludlow, Massachusetts

Region 2

The Johnston Family

Geneseo Central School

Geneseo, New York

Region 3

The Spencer Family

Abingdon Elementary School

Gloucester County, Virginia

Region 4

The Trought Family

Grayson High School

Loganville, Georgia

Region 5

The McGovern Family

St. Eugene School

Chicago, Illinois

Region 6

The McDonald Family

Mountain Peak Elementary School

Midlothian, Texas

Region 7

The Paulson Family

Dora R-III

Dora, Missouri

Region 8

The Hejna Family

Gayville-Volin High School

Gayville, South Dakota

Region 9

The Oliva Family

Country Hills Elementary

Brea, California

Region 10

The Carino Family

North Valley High School

Grants Pass, Oregon

To learn more about Red Ribbon Week and the contest, visit www.RedRibbon.org.

The National Family Partnership was established in 1980 and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy. Its mission is to lead our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth. Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign. NFP created the campaign in response to the 1985 abduction and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Learn more about NFP at www.nfp.org.


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