The Hawaii Meth Project has announced the winners of its statewide "Break the Ice" art contest to kick off the first-ever national Meth Awareness Week, observed Nov. 30 through Dec. 7.
The contest was aimed at communicating the risks of methamphetamine, and provided a way for teens to be recognized for their artistic ability while learning about the harmful effects of this drug.
More than 60 entries were received from middle- and high-school students on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Private, public and home-schooled students were asked to visit hawaiimethproject.org and choose one of more than 350 pieces of content as inspiration for their artwork submissions.
Jovelle Ziela Cabulisan, grade 11, Lahainaluna High School, was the first-place winner in the Grade 10 to 12 Traditional/Digital Art Category for her work, "Grab Your Destiny, Not Your Destruction."
"I feel really honored to have won first-place in my category," said Cabulisan. "Meth is such a dangerous and destructive drug. Entering this contest gave me an opportunity to stand up against meth use in my own community, and I hope that by doing so I made a difference for those who have a chance to see my artwork."
Student artwork from this year's competition will be displayed at the state Capitol from Jan. 6 Feb. 28, and again at the Kapolei Hale from April 1 to 30.
The exhibits will be open to the public. The winning works and other select entries will be posted on the Hawaii Meth Project's Facebook page and on its website at www.methproject.org/speak.
Maui entrants earning honorable mentions from this year's contest are as follows:
Grade 7 to 9 Traditional/Digital Art Category:
"Help Me . . . " by Frances Camille Cabulisan, grade 8, Lahaina Middle School
Grade 10 to 12 Traditional/Digital Art Category:
"Losing It All" by Stefani Balala, grade 11, Baldwin High School.
"What Have I Done?" by Joselle Lazie Cabulisan, grade 11, Lahainaluna High School.