MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Jesse Lewis, a senior graphic design major from Scott Depot, W.Va., has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Spring Break Alcohol Safety T-shirt design contest. The contest was sponsored by the West Virginia University Department of Community Medicine’s Alcohol Awareness Program.

The contest sought student input and creativity about alcohol and safe, responsible behavior. The winning design was chosen from an entry pool of nearly 50 applicants.

“Selecting the winner proved to be a very challenging task for the students and staff volunteers at the Health Sciences Center as the many submissions were outstanding,” Ruth Kersher, Ed.D., organizer of the event and professor in the Department of Community Medicine, said.

For his efforts, Lewis received a 32 GB Apple iPad. He said graphic design is a good way to communicate a safe-drinking message because he was able to use art, humor and creativity to convey what he was thinking. “If you are of drinking age, you should try to pace yourself as much as possible to avoid unsafe situations,” he said.

“We encourage all students to exercise good judgment and responsibility and choose designated drivers while on spring break,” Dr. Kershner said.

Lewis’ design will be made into T-shirts that will be distributed to students the week before spring break, which begins on March 19.

Photo caption: Dr. Ruth Kershner (left) and Jesse Lewis, a senior graphic design major, display Lewis’ winning design for the 2011 Spring Break Alcohol Safety T-shirt design contest. Lewis is holding the iPad he won for his efforts.

For more information: Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
rk/asj: 03-09-11