2015 Public Health Perspective
The 13th annual Teen Public Health Perspective
has been sponsored by the Wayne County Board of Health in
partnership with the Wayne County Health Department and the
Wayne Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.
The 2015 annual essay contest has expanded from the Adolescent
Pregnancy Prevention focus to capture the Teen Public Health
Perspective. The students wrote essays on public health topics
that reflected an issue in our county and provided possible
solutions to resolve it. Students wrote on various topics
like Environmental Health, Abstinence, Cancer, Mental Illness,
Suicide, Teen Pregnancy, Sleep Deprivation, Mental Health,
Domestic Violence, Healthy Eating, Eating Disorder, Chronic
This year (including the extended deadline) 40 essay were
submitted for the Teen Public Health Perspective Essay Contest.
Sponsorship from the Board of Health contributed to the First
place winner receiving a $1,000 scholarship and a $75 gift
card, Second place winner receiving a $500 scholarship and
$50 gift card. Third place winner receiving a $300 scholarship
and $50 gift card.
Pictured above (from left) are Ms. Lauren Edwards,
1st place for her essay on suicide; Ms. Amelia Marriner, 2nd
place for her essay on domestic violence; and Mr. Matthew
Teachey, 3rd place for his essay on healthy eating.
Essay Judges: From left is: Pam Anderson: WCPS
School Nurse Supervisor, Kendall Freeman: Children’s
Home Society- Wise Guys Health Educator , Jamal Bailey: Prevention
& Treatment Center Behavior Specialist, Ta-Kisha Darden:
WCHD Adolescent Health Educator & Teen Essay Contest Chairperson,
L. J. Stanley: Community and Schools Board Member, Sharon
Thompson: Autism Society Member Co- Chair, Linda Holden-Cox:
Wayne Uplift Resource Association, Inc. Executive Director
(Not pictured are: Summer Young: 4-H Youth Leader, Brenda
Bass: Environmental Health Specialist, Steve Anderson: Cherry
Hospital Nurse, Celita Graham: Minority Health & Disparities,
Jackie Leverette: Department of Social Services, Tamara Baltazar:
Wayne County Public Library, LaTerrie Ward: Community Affairs.
The Wayne County Board of Health with the winners
at the awards presentation ceremony.
The Essay Judges with the winners at the award