The results are in! The National Family Partnership (NFP) is proud to announce the 20 winners of its 10th Annual National Red Ribbon Week® Photo Contest, held in conjunction with National Red Ribbon Week,® which takes place each year from October 23 through 31. Families and individuals who entered on behalf of their schools will receive an Apple iPad and a $1,000 donation will be made to the K-12 school of their choice in support of drug prevention.
Co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the annual contest invited families and schools across the country to decorate the fronts of their homes and schools with a double-looped red ribbon in order to create awareness about the importance of staying drug-free. In addition to the double-looped red ribbon, all photo contest submissions were required to incorporate the 2020 campaign Theme, Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.™
Tika Counts, a paraprofessional and student council advisor at Kila Elementary School in Kila, Montana, submitted her photo on behalf of the school and received the most votes in her region. “We have been very close to winning in the past but this year we really banded together and worked hard to gather votes,” she said. “A lot of communities have problems with drugs and alcohol, so it means a lot to me to help draw awareness to the topic. Pulling our kids together while showing off our campus was so much fun. We are Kila cougar proud!”
The winning photos were among hundreds of entries uploaded to RedRibbon.org. Ten winners received the most votes in their designated regions, and ten winners were chosen from a list of categories that included: Most Creative, Best Use of Theme, Best Virtual Photo, Most Educational, Most Ambitious, Best Use of Family, Best Use of School or Virtual School, and Most Creative School or Virtual School.
“Times like this allow members of the community to show off their creativity,” said Peggy Sapp, NFP President. “Coronavirus has shifted our way of life, but not our spirit. Thank you to all who participated.”
DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was murdered in 1985, is the inspiration behind the Red Ribbon Campaign. The campaign and contest are reminders about the importance of staying drug-free, and the contest aims to engage communities in a fun and interactive way.
“Engaging our youth at an impressionable age is a critical component of DEA’s prevention efforts,” said Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea. “Participants in this year’s Red Ribbon Photo Contest found creative ways to illustrate the importance of remaining drug-free. We are grateful for their determination to lend their talent to help amplify Red Ribbon’s important message and to keep Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena’s spirit alive.”
Visit www.RedRibbon.org/contest/winners to view the 20 winning photos.