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NEW YORK, May 8, 2012 – The Christophers announced eight winners today in their Twenty- Second Annual Poster Contest for High School Students.
            Each year, students – grades 9 through 12 – are invited to create a poster that visually interprets the theme, “You Can Make a Difference.” This year’s contest drew over 1,000 entries from high schools across the United States and around the world. The importance of literacy, role models, and environmental conservation were among the issues most examined. Students employed a wide range of media, including photography, computer art, drawing, painting, and collage.
            The $1,000 first prize was awarded to Karla Agustin, a junior at Thomas A. Edison CTE High School in Jamaica, NY, whose photo-based poster depicts a student helping another student do school work with the message, “You Can Make a Difference by Helping One Another.” Youn Lee, a senior at Clarksville High School in Clarksville, TN, took the $500 second prize for her drawing of a young girl with a captivating smile, featuring the message, “You Can Make a difference by Just Smiling.” The third prize of $250 went to Amanda Williams, a junior at The York County School of Technology in York, PA, for her computer-based photo of a cell phone containing several positive text messages from different people about volunteering, fundraising and supporting organizations. Five other entrants were chosen to receive honorable mentions of $100 each.
            A non-profit organization founded in 1945, The Christophers uses mass media to encourage all individuals to make a positive difference in the world, as expressed in the Christopher motto: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”


A complete list of winners follows. Hi-res pictures of the top three posters will come soon!

First Prize:
Karla Agustin
Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
Jamaica, NY

Second Prize:
Youn Lee
Clarksville High School
Clarksville, TN

Third Prize:
Amanda Williams
York County School of Technology
York, PA


Honorable Mentions:
Debrah Aponte
Thomas Edison CTE High School
Jamaica, NY

Honorable-Mention 2012

Laura McDonald
Bellevue West High School
Bellevue, NE

2012 Honorable mention poster contest

Jennifer Bastidas
West Jordan High School
West Jordan, UT

Honorable Mention 2012

Leah Gilbertsen
Wilmot High School
Wilmot, WI


Heather Lee Field
Quest High School
Houston, TX