2016 Tar Wars Poster Contest Results

May 23, 2016
Contact: Ginnie Flynn, Family Health Foundation of Illinois
630-427-8004 office 630-263-4613 cell and email [email protected]


Darren Booth of Rochester, Ill. has brought home another statewide honor to his intermediate school. The fifth-grader designed the winning poster in the Family Health Foundation of Illinois Tar Wars Poster Contest, held May 7 during the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians board of directors meeting. Darren’s poster, with the message, “When You’re Tobacco Free, You’re Always Safe” received the most votes from the 13 IAFP board members who voted online to evaluate the seven total posters. Posters were evaluated on creativity and positive message about being smoke-free.

Darren is the second consecutive statewide poster contest winner to come from Rochester Intermediate and the third overall. Last year Caleb Hamilton created the state contest winner. IN 2011 Madelyn Noyes took the top honor. Darren will be honored at a ceremony on May 23 at school and will receive a $500 cash prize. The Family Health Foundation of Illinois, which runs the Tar Wars program in Illinois, will also make a $500 grant gift to Rochester Intermediate to use in wellness or educational programming at school.

The 2016 Illinois Tar Wars Poster Contest Results:
WINNER: Darren Booth, 5th Grade – Rochester Intermediate
Tar Wars Presenter – Christine Egan, science teacher (on right, with principal Sanders)

2nd Place – Grace Neil, Concordia Lutheran School –Peoria
Tar Wars Presenter, Paulo Michelini (U of I @ Peoria medical student)

The 2016 Illinois Tar Wars poster contest is supported by Pfizer Charitable Contributions. Their generosity also enabled Tar Wars to create a banner displaying Darren’s top winning poster in Rochester. Prizes for our second place artist 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. 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, including the complete program curriculum, visit www.tarwars.org.

About the Family Health Foundation of Illinois: The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the health care environment in Illinois by assuring Illinois citizens have access to the high quality, comprehensive, and affordable care provided by family physicians. Additionally its vision is to encourage philanthropic endeavors that will support the growth of family medicine in Illinois.Visit www.iafp.com/Foundation for more information.