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10th Annual Project Sentry Logo Contest Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2013

Contact Person: Stacey Haynes (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles announces the winners of the United States Attorney’s Office 10th Annual Project Sentry Logo Contest.  Assistant United States Attorney Stacey D. Haynes surprised the overall winner with a visit to their school today to present the award.

Grades 1-2 Division:
Winner: Abby Merritt, Edisto Primary School, Cordova, SC
Honorable Mention:   Malcolm Myers, Edisto Primary School, Cordova, SC

Grades 3-5 Division:
Winner: Destini Greene, Rivelon Elementary School, Orangeburg, SC
Honorable Mention:  Lilly Smith, Oakway Intermediate School, Westminister, SC
Honorable Mention: Kierra Graham, Timmonsville Educational Center, Timmonsville, SC

Grades 6-8 Division:
Winner: Destiny Goodwin, William J. Clark Middle School, Orangeburg, SC
Honorable Mention: Anukrithi Myadala, William J. Clark Middle School, Orangeburg, SC
Honorable Mention: Bonnie McEachren, Ralph Chandler Middle School, Simpsonville, SC        

Grades 9-12 Division:
Winner & OVERALL WINNER: Karla Moore, Strom Thurmond High School, Johnston, SC 
Honorable Mention: Rusudan Zabakhidze, Timmonsville Educational Center, Timmonsville, SC

The statewide contest gives South Carolina students an opportunity to tell the entire state how they prevent gun violence in their school.  The theme of the contest was “Preventing Gun Violence in Your School.” The contest was open to students in all South Carolina schools.

The winners were chosen from 416 entries from 26 schools across South Carolina.  Each division winner will receive $50.00 and the overall winner will receive an additional $50.00. Six (6) students will receive Honorable Mention ribbons.  All students who submitted entries will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for participating.

The winning entries were selected by “The Insiders,” a select group of students from the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, who travel throughout the state, encouraging troubled children and promoting community awareness of the prevalence and consequences of juvenile crime.  The U.S. Attorney's Office coordinated with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Association (SCLEOA) to provide awards to the winners.  Interestingly enough, the overall winner of this 10th annual contest is from the same high school that gave rise to the 1st overall winner of the contest, Strom Thurmond High School.

Project Sentry, which is part of the district’s Project Safe Neighborhoods/Project CeaseFire program, is a vital step in strengthening our ability to prevent gun crimes among our young people and to ensure a safe learning atmosphere for our children.  For more information and to view the winning logos, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/sc/programs/projectsentry.html

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