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Date: June 2, 2004
BULLY PREVENTION POSTER CONTEST
(Dover, DE): At a ceremony earlier today, Attorney General Jane Brady awarded Certificates of Merit to the 12 winners of the Attorney General’s Bully Prevention Poster Contest.
Student winners are as follows. Their hometown appears in parenthesis.
Jesse Zhou - Brandywine Springs Elementary School - Grade 3 (Hockessin)
Jay Subramoney - Corpus Christi Catholic School - Grade 3 (Hockessin)
Elyssa Wallace - Corpus Christi Catholic School - Grade 4 (Hockessin)
Thania Sanchez - Blades Elementary School - Grade 4 (Seaford)
Margaret Sweeney - St. Elizabeth Catholic School - Grade 5 (Townsend)
Kelly Reynolds - Corpus Christi Catholic School - Grade 5 (Wilmington)
Haley Jones - Corpus Christi Catholic School - Grade 6 (Hockessin)
Christiana DelVecchio - Postlewaite Middle School - Grade 6 (Magnolia)
Emma James - St. Anne Episcopal School - Grade 7 (Dover)
Madeline Jackson - Corpus Christi Catholic School - Grade 7 (Hockessin)
Luke Saylor - Selbyville Middle School - Grade 8 (Millsboro)
Matthew Costa - Corpus Christi Catholic School - Grade 8 (Hockessin)
Also, students from Smyrna High School who participated in creating a Bullying Banner were on-hand to receive Certificates of Merit. The Bullying Banner was produced by students at Smyrna High School as a project of the Wellness Center. The purpose of this project is to depict the feelings adolescents have about their experiences with bullying behaviors. Students were asked to create a 12"x 12" panel that conveys a message about their personal experience with a bully. These students represent the entire student body from special education to college prep.
The Bully Prevention Poster Contest was held earlier this year in schools throughout Delaware for students in grades 3 to 8. Over 1,000 entries were received and reviewed by a six judge panel. Two winners from each grade were selected. The winning entries will be used as artwork for a calendar with a bully prevention message to be produced by the Attorney General’s office and distributed to Delaware schools for the 2004-2005 school year.
In 1998, Attorney General Brady instituted a bully prevention program that has since evolved into a multi-tiered approach to school violence prevention. Through student assemblies, the establishment of the School Crime Hotline, training for educators and school resource officers, the appointment of a School Crime Ombudsman and the designation of a School Crime Prosecutor, the Attorney General’s office has worked hard to keep Delaware schools safe.
Attorney General Brady said, “As part of our effort to engage students, I sponsored the bully prevention poster contest with the theme, ‘I can help stop bullying by…’ to get young students to think about ways they can be part of the solution to the problem of bullying in schools. I congratulate the winners and their teachers.”
Attorney General Brady urged teachers, parents and students to visit the Attorney General’s website at attorneygeneral.delaware.gov for valuable information about school violence prevention and the bully prevention program instituted by her office.