Kick Butts Day Photo
PHOTO CAPTION: (Pictured from left to right at Saint Agnes School) Bridget Marley of Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems, Lindsay C. Smith of Chester County Health Department, Anna Eve Dolan (Honorable Mention), Maria Wolfer (1st place), Janelle Diehl of Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems, Madeline Ladd (3rd place), Kathryn Kelley (Honorable Mention) and Kate Genthert of Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services.


WEST CHESTER, PA – The Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition and the Chester County Health Department recently recognized a number of Chester County middle school students as winners in the annual Kick Butts Day Meme Competition.

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.  In recognition of this event, the Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition challenged Chester County middle school students to participate in a contest to create anti-tobacco or anti-vape memes, which are typically humorous, captioned photographs shared on web and social media.

The 2017 top three winners of the competition are youth advocates from Owen J. Roberts Middle School (South Coventry) and Saint Agnes School (West Chester Borough).  Each winner created a compelling meme appropriate for an adolescent audience, where tobacco/vape initiation remains at peak. Entries were judged by members of the Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition.  The winners received gift cards and certificates of recognition; the winning schools received posters of their students’ wining meme to be displayed at school.

Contest winners:
1st Place:   Maria Wolfer, Saint Agnes School
2nd Place:  Sydney Trapp, Owen J. Roberts Middle School
3rd Place:  Madeline Ladd, Saint Agnes School

Honorable mention:
Cassidy Elton, Fred S. Engle Middle School
Anna Eve Dolan, Saint Agnes School
Kathryn Kelley, Saint Agnes School
Aiden O’Neill, Owen J. Roberts Middle School
Eemonie Smith, Scott Middle School

This initiative is sponsored by the Chester County Health Department and the Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition(CCTFC).  CCTFC’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life for all Chester County residents by empowering youth and adults to live nicotine-free.