The 2013 Tar Wars winners for Cannon county are in: Woodland Elementary Brittany Doremus, East Side Elementary Jasmine Young, Short Mountain Makina Robinson, West Side Cierra McClure, Auburn Elementary Carly Brown, Woodbury Grammar School Etta Gaines.
Tar Wars is a national anti-tobacco campaign sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Tar Wars began in 1988 and reaches approximately 500,000 students annually.
The mission of Tar Wars is to teach students about being tobacco-free, provide correct information so they can make positive health decisions, and promote personal responsibility for their well-being.
Approximately 2% of elementary students, 24% of high school students and 21% of adults use a tobacco product. If a person smokes one pack of cigarettes a day at approximately $5 per day, he or she will spend $35 a week, $150 a month and $1825 a year. If a person smokes for fifty years, he or she will spend $91,250 in his life time.
All local 4th and 5th graders had the opportunity to hear the Tar Wars presentation and participate in the poster competition.
Each elementary school chose one poster winner. The local poster winner received prize money and their poster has gone on to participate in the state competition in Nashville which will be held March 16th. The state winner receives a trip to Washington, D.C. and participation in the national competition. The national winner receives a trip to Walt Disney World or $3000.
Not pictured Woodland Elementary winner: Brittany Doremus 5th grade; teacher Theresa Bush