The Winston-Salem, North Carolina based nonprofit, Safe Sober Prom Night, is pleased to announce that Megan Brown, a senior at Career Center and West Forsyth High Schools, has won the Safe Sober Prom Night T-Shirt Design Contest for 2018.
At a surprise presentation in the Graphic Arts II classroom of Mrs. Stephanie Messer, the winning design was unveiled. Megan was presented with the first shirt off the press framed for display. Honored guests joining Griff Shuler and David Daggett included Winston-Salem Mayor, Allen Joines; Winston-Salem Police Chief Katrina Thompson; Principals Charles McAninch of West Forsyth and Dr. Chris Nichols of Career Center High School; Megan’s father and various other school system dignitaries and media.
For the first time, Safe Sober Prom Night honored the classroom of the winning student with a $500 grant. Mrs. Stephanie Messer will use the money for supplies for her Graphic Arts classroom to ensure that her students have all the tools they need to succeed in her class.
Safe Sober Prom Night is a non-profit organization co-founded in 1991 by attorney David Daggett of Daggett Shuler, Attorneys at Law. “The goal of Safe Sober Prom Night is to provide ongoing awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol and to encourage positive peer pressure to reduce underage drinking and drug use,” explains Griff Shuler. The program is currently active in 48 high schools across 10 counties throughout the greater Triad region of North Carolina.
Now in its 28th year, Safe Sober Prom Night encourages high school students to be safe with a written pledge to stay drug and alcohol free on prom night. Each student who signs a pledge card receives a t-shirt bearing Megan’s winning design. Students are given incentives to keep their commitment, including scholarships and a chance to win $1,000 for their school. To date, more than 500,000 students have signed the Safe Sober “Do it Right!” pledge.
As part of the Safe Sober Prom Night program, Triad students submit their own designs for consideration to be printed on the front of 15,000 t-shirts. These shirts are given to area high school juniors and seniors who sign the pledge to remain drug and alcohol free on prom night. Megan Brown is the sole winner of the competition selected from over 150 contest entries from all across the Triad. She received a $500 scholarship and has her name printed on the back of each t-shirt. Many schools incorporate these t-shirts into their spirit week leading up to prom, creating an atmosphere of positive peer pressure encouraging their students to make safe decisions on Prom night.
“Megan’s design does an excellent job of catching the eye, and promoting positive peer pressure,” says David Daggett. “We are so proud of Megan and of all the students who participate in the Safe Sober Prom Night program. We are looking forward to getting these t-shirts out into the community for everyone to see!”
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