VALPARAISO | Eight Porter County students were recognized this month for their participation in the Porter County Red Ribbon Campaign.
Each of the eight students had won an award and honor for their submission to the Red Ribbon contests held this spring in Porter County schools.
Two students each received a $500 scholarship for their essay on the importance of being drug free. Tyler Birmingham, a senior from Kouts High School and Elizabeth Wood, a senior from Washington Township High, each read their winning entry and received a standing ovation from the audience.
Their many activities and steadfast dedication to the cause were exemplary and deserving of the scholarship, said Beatrice Owen, director of the Porter County Substance Abuse Council. There were two poster winners, Dylan Fishburn, a Hebron High senior, and Emily Jerome, a Chesterton Middle School student.
The placemat winners were Sheri Orlando and Julie Tarpley from Washington Township Schools, Claire Bailey from Liberty Intermediate School and Michael Magnetti from Northview Elementary.
The students' awards were donated by Porter County Treasurer Michael Bucko, Porter County Judge Julia Jent, Porter County Sheriff David Lain, Porter County Clerk Karen Martin, Porter County Recorder Jon Miller and Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas. Great Lakes Labs of Valparaiso donated one of the scholarship awards.