CLEARFIELD -- Cook Elementary School fourth-grader Kalli Shupe took a positive approach in creating her winning anti-tobacco ad.
For her poster, the Syracuse student depicted a girl wearing a graduation cap and gown and displaying a big, wide smile across her face.
The caption reads "Too Smart To Start."
Kalli said the girl in her poster is smiling because she graduated from school without using tobacco.
"It just kind of came to me," Kalli, 10, said of the idea behind her poster.
"My sister, she loves art, and I get that from her," Kalli said of using colorful artwork to express her idea.
Holbrook Elementary fifth-grader Annika Anderson took a more sobering approach in creating her winning anti-tobacco ad.
The Bountiful student's poster depicts a man lying in a cigarette-shaped coffin with his eyes X-ed over.
The caption reads: "Inhale smoke. Exhale your life. Why do it??"
Both creative ads resulted in first-place finishes for the two girls in their respective grades, with county health educators presenting a certificate of award and $100 to each of the girls in ceremonies held at their schools.
The two students recognized are among more than 2,900 Davis County students who participated in anti-tobacco programs designed to increase student awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and the positive effects of staying tobacco-free, said Davis County Health officials.
Project TNT (Towards No Tobacco) and Prevention Dimensions TOT (Tobacco on Trial) uses curriculum to teach students about the short- and long-term consequences of tobacco use, the financial costs of tobacco use and how to think critically about tobacco advertising, said Bob Ballew, Davis County Health public information officer.
During these classes, students were encouraged to create posters or billboards telling the truth about toxic tobacco and its negative health effects.
Other fourth-grade winners were Madi Knowlton from Ellison Park Elementary in Layton, who placed second in her age group, and Megan Neilson, from Lakeside Elementary in West Point, who placed third.
Other fifth-grade students recognized were Megan Christensen, from South Weber Elementary, who placed second in the contest, and Brian James Larson, from J.A. Taylor Elementary in Centerville, who placed third.
All participants in the contest will have their entries submitted in the statewide Truth from Youth Anti-Tobacco Advertising Contest, Ballew said.
Since 1998, the Truth campaign has sponsored the annual contest to encourage Utah elementary school students across the state to develop anti-tobacco ads for their peers.