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Announcing the 2016 Red Ribbon Photo Contest Winners

By National Family Partnership on 12/02/2016 @ 11:59 PM

‘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

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.”

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

ARCpoint Labs Winner

  • Air Base K-8 Center For International Education - Jeniffer Gude

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


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