Winners Announced in North Country Students … Together While Separate Poster Contest

Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) today announced the winners of its regional online poster contest in which students showed their support for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The contest, “North Country Students … Together While Separate,” opened April 16, 2020 for all K-12 students in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, and over 100 submissions were received.

“The posters that the students submitted are true testaments to the compassion and dedication of our health care workforce every day, but especially during the current pandemic,” explains Erika Flint, FDRHPO Executive Director. “FDRHPO has been committed to supporting our health care partners and providers, and this contest proved that North Country students, as well, understand and support the important role that these professionals play in our community’s health and well-being. It truly was a pleasure to watch the posters come in and see the amount of thought, detail and creativity that went into every one of them.”

The contest included two categories. In the “Honoring Health Care Heroes” category, 75 K-5 students designed posters about their healthcare hero(es) and what makes them so special. The “Now, YOU Be the Teacher” category generated 32 posters from students in grades 6-12, who designed posters about things they have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as staying healthy (physically, emotionally, and mentally), protecting themselves and their families, and the importance of health care workers.

Posters were judged on a variety of criteria, including: creativity and visual appeal; most impactful message; clarity of message; and consistency with category. Prizes included an Amazon Fire 8 Tablet (Grades K-5 category) and PowerBeats Wireless Headphones (Grades 6-12 category). Winners are as follows:

Grades K-5 Category                                                                                     Grades 6-12 Category
Anya Rush, Grade 4                                                                                        Emily Pandel, Grade 11
Lowville Academy Central School                                                            Madrid-Waddington Central School
“Thank You, Health Care Workers”                                                             “COVID-19 Facts & Tips”

All posters that were submitted can be viewed at

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