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April 5, 2011

Mexico, Fulton Advance in Drug Quiz Show

FIRST PLACE TEAM - Mexico Middle School students won first place in the Oswego County Drug Quiz Show. From left, in the first row, are Victoria Ross and Andrea Ross. In the back, from left, are advisor Jeff Raner, Nick Carson, Aaron Shopland, Joseph Gardener, David Sheets, Bryannia Sutton, and advisor Lisa Szewczyk.

MEXICO -- Mexico Middle School and Fulton Junior High have advanced to the state regional playoffs, after winning first and second place, respectively, in the Oswego County Drug Quiz Show. The state regional playoffs will take place Wednesday, April 6 at the Marley Education Center in Syracuse.

"We're truly proud of all of the students who participated and we congratulate Mexico and Fulton for advancing to the state regional playoffs this year," said Katie Backus, Oswego County Drug Quiz Show Regional Coordinator.

"The annual competition is an excellent way for Oswego County students to learn about drug- and alcohol-related topics in a fun atmosphere that allows them to participate and challenge themselves above and beyond traditional reading and test taking," Backus said.

According to Backus, this year will mark the 20th anniversary of the event.

The event, which is held at the SUNY Oswego Extension Center in Phoenix, is an educational prevention program that provides middle school students with skills and information to help them make important life decisions, in an exciting game show format.

In New York State, the Drug Quiz Show provides alcohol, drug and tobacco education and information to more than 30,000 middle school students.

"We were very pleased with the area school districts' participation and enthusiasm again this year," Backus said, "and are so thankful to the support we continue to receive locally from our sponsors."

Sponsors include Entergy, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Oswego County Stop-DWI, the Lifestyles Center at SUNY Oswego, Farnham Family Services, Valti Graphics and Lupien's Gifts and Engraving. This year marks Entergy's 14th year providing support for the community event.

The event is coordinated in collaboration by the Oswego County Department of Social Services Mental Hygiene Division, Farnham Family Services, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Oswego County Health Department, SUNY LifeStyles Center, Oswego County Probation and the County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions.

Middle school pupils from across the county who competed this year include Fulton Junior High School, Hannibal Junior High, Mexico Middle School, Emerson J. Dillon Middle School in Phoenix, Pulaski Junior High School, and Trinity Catholic School in Oswego.

For additional information contact Katie Backus, Regional Coordinator, Oswego County Drug Quiz Show Regional Coordinator at 963-5036 or by e-mail at .

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