Massachusetts Medical Society: Students Earn Top Honors in Mass. Medical Society and Alliance’s 2019 Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest

Students Earn Top Honors in Mass. Medical Society and Alliance’s 2019 Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest

Anti-Tobacco Contest Winners 2019


Waltham -- Twelve Massachusetts elementary school children have earned top honors in the Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance’s 2019 Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest, a program designed to make young people aware of the dangers of tobacco, nicotine and smoking. This year’s contest attracted some 3,200 entries from students in grades 1 through 6 throughout the Commonwealth.

The competition asks students to create an original poster that ties in with certain themes for their grade. The themes 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.

This year’s honorees:

Grades 1 and 2

Ava Turner, Grade 1, Park Street School, Boston; Phoenix Abdulla, Grade 2, Park Street School, Boston; Claire Jennings Booker, Grade 2, Park Street School, Boston; Claire Iglowski, Grade 2, Park Street School, Boston.

Grades 3 and 4

Rose Baker, Grade 3, Roger Wellington Elementary School, Belmont; Emma Choi, Grade 3, Roger Wellington Elementary School, Belmont; Anna Grace Goodman, Grade 4, Park Street School, Boston; Fiona Wert, Grade 4, Park Street School, Boston.

Grades 5 and 6

Shyla Meeks Price, Grade 5, Barbieri School, Framingham; Taylor Hauff, Grade 6, Park Street School, Boston; Savannah Jennings Booker, Grade 6, Park Street School, Boston; Samira Zeina, Grade 6, Park Street School, Boston. The winners were honored at a special November 7 luncheon event at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, where they received a certificate from the Medical Society and a gift card for books as prizes. Winning entries are also included in

a 2020 calendar produced by the Medical Society that will be distributed to schools, pediatricians, and family physicians across the Commonwealth.

Presenting the awards were Maryanne Bombaugh, M.D., President of the Massachusetts Medical Society; Sophia Bogdasarian, President, Massachusetts Medical Society Alliance; and Miguel Concepcion, M.D., President of the MMS Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine.


The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) is the statewide professional association for physicians and medical students, supporting 25,000 members. We are dedicated to educating and advocating for the physicians of Massachusetts and patients locally and nationally. A leadership voice in health care, the MMS contributes physician and patient perspectives to influence health-related legislation at the state and federal levels, works in support of public health, provides expert advice on physician practice management, and addresses issues of physician well-being. Under the auspices of the NEJM Group, the MMS extends our mission globally by advancing medical knowledge from research to patient care through the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Catalyst, and the NEJM Journal Watch family of specialty publications, and through our education products for health care professionals: NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Resident 360, and our accredited and comprehensive continuing medical education programs.

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