Anti-Meth Art Contest Announces Winners
The Montana Meth Project has announced the winners of its Paint the State 2023 art contest. Winners in the Missouri River Country Region Teen Division include the Brockton High School Team, which placed first in region; the Frazier High School Team, placing second in the region; Gavin and Kaci Marmon from Medicine Lake High School, placing third; Josie Brown from Saco High School, fourth and Mariana Burciaga from Culbertson High School, who placed 5th.
Duane Larsen from Froid placed fifth in the statewide Adult Division.
Julianne Landgren from Musselshell County was overall winner of the Teen Division. Casandra Lamas from Hill County was winner of the Adult Division. The Valier Middle School team from Pondera County was winner of the People’s Choice Award.
The Teen and Adult Division winners were selected by a panel of distinguished judges including Commander John Herrington, the first Native American astronaut in space from Marion, Mont.; Kira Fercho, an acclaimed impressionist artist from Billings and Caleb Meyer, an oil painter from Missoula. The People’s Choice Award winners were determined in online public voting.
Paint the State entries were created by individual artists, students and members of youth groups, as well as members of recovery groups and individual Montanans who are in recovery. The online gallery at PaintTheState. org includes the story behind each entry with appreciation for the community members who supported the artists. Paint the State is supported completely by private funding. The Montana Meth Project is a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing first-time teen Meth use through public service messaging and community outreach.