2019 Tar Wars Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to fifth-grader Aaron Tuttle from Wilcox Elementary School in Springfield, who designed the winning poster for this year’s Tar Wars state poster contest. Posters were displayed at all three days of Spring Into Action May 7-9 in Springfield. Each poster was displayed with a number only, no identifying information about the artist or the location was given. In a very close contest, 28 IAFP members cast a vote. We paid a surprise visit to Wilcox Elementary on May 30 to honor Aaron and present his prize, a $100 Visa Gift Card and a Tar Wars T-shirt. Our thanks and congratulations to Jennifer Hill, a rising M4 student who coordinates the SIU Family Medicine Interest Group’s Tar Wars program and presented to Aaron’s school this year. SIU’s FMIG has been honored repeatedly by AAFP for their dedication to the Tar Wars Program. This school year SIU medical students presented Tar Wars to 12 different Springfield-area elementary schools.


2nd place: Josephine Stoltz, 5th grade, St. Mary’s School in Kickapoo. Dr. Craig Griebel presented to her school.






3rd Place: Tianna Laager, 5th grade, Enos Elementary School in Springfield. Jennifer Hill also taught Tar Wars here.

Josephine and Tianna received a certificate, clipboard and a gift card for Barnes and Noble!  All poster contest finalists received a certificate and clipboard.  Those who didn't place in the top three also received some art supplies in the mail. 

Thank you to everyone who presented the Tar Wars program to a classroom this year.  Keep up the great work. With the epidemic of e-cigarettes and especially JUULs permeating our youth, our work is not done!  Let's get back to work next fall!