2015 Illinois Tar Wars Poster Contest Results


LISLE, Ill. –Caleb Hamilton of Rochester, Ill. is Illinois’ newest tobacco-free spokesperson. He designed the winning poster in the Family Health Foundation of Illinois Tar Wars Poster Contest, held April 21-23 during the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Spring into Action lobby days. Caleb’s “Reach Higher Goals – Be Tobacco Free” received the most votes from the 42 votes cast by family physicians and medical students. Posters were evaluated on creativity and positive message about being smoke-free.

Caleb is the second statewide poster contest winner to come from Rochester Intermediate. IN 2011 Madelyn Noyes took the top honor. He will be honored at a ceremony on May 21 at school. For his outstanding work, Caleb will receive a $500 cash prize. The Family Health Foundation of Illinois, which runs the Tar Wars program in Illinois, will also make a $1,000 grant gift to Rochester Intermediate to use in wellness or art programming at school.

The 2015 Illinois Tar Wars Poster Contest Results:

WINNER: Caleb Hamilton, 5th Grade – Rochester Intermediate

Tar Wars is presented by science teacher Christine Egan at Rochester Intermediate School (pictured with IAFP board member Tabatha Wells, MD


2nd Place – Harmony Dawdy, 4th Grade, Enos Elementary School
SIU School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group, presenters





3rd Place: Jessica Leanne Cox, 4th Grade, Meadowbrook Intermediate
Debra Mayer, RN (school nurse) -Tar Wars presenter



The 2015 Illinois Tar Wars poster contest is supported by Pfizer Charitable Contributions. Their generosity also enabled Tar Wars to create a banner/billboard displaying Caleb’s prize winning poster in Rochester. Prizes for our second and third place artists was made possible by the grant to the Family Health Foundation of Illinois received from Pfizer Charitable Contributions.

Tar Wars, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians, is at work in schools around the country, as well as in Canada and overseas. Tar Wars was created in 1988 by family physician Jeff Cain, MD and educator Glenna Pember. Tar Wars celebrated 25 years in 2013. The program is free for schools and for volunteers to teach in their local schools or youth groups. In Illinois, Tar Wars presenters include family physicians, medical students, family medicine residents, school nurses, health department health educators, and other volunteers.

For more information, visit www.tarwars.org.

The Family Health Foundation of Illinois exists to address the philanthropic needs of family physicians in Illinois while supporting the advancement of family medicine through charitable, educational, public service, research and scientific programs. Founded in 1947, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians represents more than 4,600 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students dedicated to excellence in family medicine and the patients they serve. Visit www.iafp.com for more information.