The 21st Annual "Why I will say NO to alcohol, drugs, and tobacco!" 8th grade essay contest, sponsored by the Missouri Peace Officers Foundation has begun. The contest is open to all eighth-grade public or private school students in Missouri enrolled during the 2012-2013 school year.
- Entries should be a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 750 words, and should address the theme: "Why I will say NO to alcohol, drugs, and tobacco!"
- All entries must be submitted with an entry form (you can get a copy from Mr. Maerke) and must be signed by the student.
- All entries must be received no later than March 1, 2013. All winners will be notified through their schools, by phone or by mail.
- PRIZES: First place - $500, Second place - $200, Third place - $100. Five cash prizes will be awarded in each of the Eastern and Western halves of the state, for a total of ten prizes.