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2018 Public Health Perspective Essay Contest

The 16th annual Teen Essay Contest was sponsored by the Wayne County Board of Health in partnership with Wayne County Health Department.

The Charles T. Gibson Teen Health Perspective Essay Contest is one of our organization?s strategies to make a difference in the areas of public health that concern our citizens by gaining the knowledge of our young leaders. The Health Education Division of the Health Department established an Abstinence Essay Contest in 2003 to encourage teens to consider why abstinence is the best and only 100% choice in the prevention of teenage pregnancy. However, in 2014, the contest was expanded to include additional public health issues identified in the Wayne County Community Health Assessment. Eligible students of Wayne County in grades 9th ? 12th (public, private and homeschooled) 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 Mental Health, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Disease Prevention, Substance Abuse, Adolescent Sexual Education and Suicide.

Sponsorship from Wayne County?s 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.

From left to right are Health Director, Davin Madden, 1st Place Winner Dalton Ira, 12th Grade, Rosewood High School, and Board of Health Chair Rick Sessions.

From left to right are Health Director, Davin Madden, 2nd Place Winner Claire Molloy, 12th Grade, Eastern Wayne High School, and Board of Health Chair Rick Sessions.

From left to right are Health Director, Davin Madden, 3rd Place Winner Carter Lewis, 9th Grade, Wayne School of Engineering, and Board of Health Chair Rick Sessions.

Wayne County Board of Health with the winners of the 2018 essay contest.

From left to right are Celita Graham, Health Education Supervisor, Dalton Ira, Claire Molloy, Carter Lewis, and Brittney Davis, Health Education Specialist.