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Holliston student earns top honors in statewide anti-tobacco poster contest

Miller Elementary School student Lindsey Bihuniak displays her winning entry in the 2014 Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest, sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance.
Miller Elementary School student Lindsey Bihuniak displays her winning entry in the 2014 Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest, sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance.
Waltham, Mass. – May 30 – Lindsey Bihuniak, a fifth-grade student at the Fred W. Miller Elementary School in Holliston, has won top honors in the 2014 Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest, an annual educational event to alert schoolchildren to the dangers of tobacco and smoking.

 

Bihuniak was one of just 12 winners selected from more than 3,500 entries to the competition. Her entry, was entitled I’m not going to start smoking to be cool. I’m going to be healthy to stand out.

 

The competition, open to students in grades 1-6 throughout Massachusetts, asks students to create an original poster that ties in with certain themes for their grade. The themes by grades are: Grades 1 and 2: Show how tobacco is bad for your body; Grades 3 and 4: Show how using tobacco affects other people; Grades 5 and 6: Why I won’t start.  Four entries are selected in each category, and the winning entries are chosen on the basis of originality, artistic merit, and relevance to the theme for the grades.

 

Bihuniak was honored at a special May 28 event at the Massachusetts State House in Boston along with the other winners, where they received a certificate from the Medical Society and a gift card for books as prizes. Winning entries will also be included in a 2015 calendar produced by the Medical Society that will be distributed to schools, pediatricians, and family physicians across the Commonwealth.  

 

Presenting the awards were Richard Pieters, M.D., President of the Massachusetts Medical Society; Alan Ashare, M.D., Chair of the Medical Society’s Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine; and Paula Madison, President of the MMS Alliance.

 

This year marked the 19th year that the Massachusetts Medical Society has conducted the contest. To view   winning entries, visit www.massmed.org/tobacco

 

About the MMS  The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 24,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society, under the auspices of NEJM Group, publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and NEJM Journal Watch alerts and publications covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country.

 

Caption:  Miller Elementary School student Lindsey Bihuniak displays her winning entry in the 2014 Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest sponsored by the Mass. Medical Society and Alliance



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