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Contest Aims to Combat The Myth Of Vaping/Juuling

ELK GROVE, Calif. – May 28, 2019 – The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) congratulates 11th grade Franklin High student Samantha Jang for winning the 26th Annual Kaiser Permanente (KP) Don’t Buy The Lie Anti-Smoking Poster Contest Grand Prize in the high school category. KP received thousands of entries from over 75 schools in 10 districts. Every school site that entered received a school site winner. A total of 339 students from 11 EGUSD schools participated. Samantha’s winning poster will be displayed on billboards throughout the Greater Sacramento area, on Kaiser Permanente sponsored materials, Twitter and more. In addition, she received a $1,000 gift card, while the school site winners all received $50 gift cards.

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Get The Hint, It’s Not Mint Winning Poster

Samantha expressed her gratitude by saying, “Although I’ve taken a lot of traditional art classes, my Digital Art & Graphic Design course at Franklin High School has given me a new passion! Winning Don’t Buy the Lie has helped me see how fun graphic design can be and how important it is to get out the message on why JUULs are not good for you.”

After learning of Samatha’s victory, Digital Arts Instructor Lorna Miller said, “The JUUL E-cig was something new to me this year. I was happy to educate my students on the negative effects of them and encourage them to design a message that other students could relate to. Samantha’s design was spot on in that she was successful in portraying that although they have fun flavoring, JUULs are not what they seem. I’m so happy she won. She deserved it!”.

This campaign is supported by the EGUSD Tobacco Use Prevention Program grant funded by the California Department of Education (CDE). Here are the following EGUSD winners of the (KP) Don’t Buy The Lie Anti-Smoking Poster Contest:




Albiani MS Lilah Gonsalves
Elizabeth Pinkerton MS Yeva Li
Joseph Kerr MS Trina Pham
Toby Johnson MS Marcus Strother
Calvine HS Liam Martin
Cosumnes Oaks HS Andre Lam
Franklin HS Samantha Jang (Grand Prize Winner)
Laguna Creek HS Emily Suan
Monterey Trail HS Jullia Her
Pleasant Grove HS Alyson Reiff
Sheldon HS Yuer Lois A. Sanico


About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.

For more information about the Elk Grove Unified School District, please visit www.egusd.net and follow us @ElkGroveUnified on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInYouTube and Eventbrite.

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