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Memories & Milestones

Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Sopris Elementary School fifth-grader Sophia Hayes won first place in the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians statewide Tar Wars poster contest. The contest was held May 7 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Her poster was submitted to the state contest after winning first place in her school’s poster contest. The state Tar Wars program has more than 8,000 students statewide participating in the poster contest. One of Sophia’s prizes is an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for her and a parent to participate in the national contest. The Tar Wars program is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).Sophia’s poster depicts a superior hero saying “Be a Hero, Be Tobacco Free.”Sophia’s poster will be entered in the national Tar Wars poster contest held in July in Washington, D.C. State poster contest winners will be attending from all over the U.S. The winner of the national contest will be awarded a trip for four to Disneyworld. During the national contest the Tar Wars campaign heads to Capitol Hill to deliver a strong message to lawmakers about the need to support anti-smoking legislation. Nearly 50 children – all of them winners of Tar Wars poster contests in their respective states – will meet with their senators and representatives and talk about the need for greater tobacco-cessation efforts.The children, ranging in age from 10 to 12 and accompanied by their parents and Tar Wars state coordinators, will hand the federal legislators color copies of their award-winning posters, along with AAFP Tar Wars brochures describing the tobacco-free education program. “We had over 80 [Capitol] Hill visits last year,” said Pamela Rodriguez, the national manager for Tar Wars. “The children did a great job, and learned how they could be youth advocates for a good cause. They also had fun in Washington, D.C.”For more information on the Tar Wars program please contact the CAFP at (303) 696-6655, ext. 14, or

Brian Mable Karate held the last of its spring testings recently with successful results. All the nervousness paid off with everyone passing to their next level.

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