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2017 Tar Wars State Poster Contest


Calla Phillips of Springfield has brought home the third consecutive statewide honor to Rochester Intermediate school. The fifth-grader designed the winning poster in the Family Health Foundation of Illinois Tar Wars Poster Contest, held May 9-11 during the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Spring into Action lobby days. Calla’s poster, “Smoking’s a Trap: Don’t get Caught” received the most votes from the 62 IAFP members who voted on the eight total posters. Posters were evaluated on creativity and using a positive, creative message about being smoke-free.

Calla is the third consecutive statewide poster contest winner to come from Rochester Intermediate and the fourth overall. Last year, Darren Booth took first place and in 2015 Caleb Hamilton created the state contest winner. Also, in 2011 Rochester Intermediate student Madelyn Noyes took the top honor. Calla will be honored at a ceremony 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.

  Calla with parents Stephanie and Jim 

WINNER: Calla Phillips, 5th Grade – Rochester Intermediate
Tar Wars Presenter – Juliette Tinder, science teacher

Second Place – Josephine Frieda Navarro – Peoria Academy
Tar Wars Presenter, Craig Griebel, MD and Asim Jaffer, MD

Third Place – Kasey Flynn, Edison Park Elementary – Chicago
Tar Wars presenter, Ginnie Flynn

The 2017 Illinois Tar Wars poster contest is supported by Pfizer Charitable Contributions. Their generosity also enabled Tar Wars to create a banner displaying Calla’s poster in Rochester, as well as prizes for our second and third place artists. For more information, including the complete program curriculum, visit www.tarwars.org.