Winners Announced for Fifth Annual Adolescent Immunization Awareness Contest

New Jersey Middle School and High School Students Promote Vaccine
Awareness in the Annual Protect Me With 3+ Poster and Video Contest

NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Immunization–The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey
(the Partnership), in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of
Health, today announced the winners for the fifth annual Protect Me With
3+ adolescent immunization awareness poster and video contest.

The winners and finalists in each category were honored at an awards
ceremony and banquet held at The Conference Center at RWJ Hamilton
Center for Health & Wellness on April 23, 2017. The top three winners in
the poster and video categories received prizes and the opportunity for
their artistic creations to be distributed during statewide immunization
awareness activities.

Middle School Poster Contest Winners:

1st place: Evonne Chiang
2nd place: Meredith Waropay
place: Arya Sasne

High School Poster Contest Winners:

1st place: Camryn Fontana
2nd place: Sarah Eveland
3rd place:
D’Asia Simpson

Video Contest Winners:

1st place: Spencer Friedman
2nd place: Shannon McGavin
place: Zayna Bajwa

Teachers and schools with the most eligible classroom submissions in
each category were also acknowledged at the ceremony. The winning
teachers and schools include:

  • Venisha Jordan – Franklin Elementary, Rahway, NJ – Middle School
    Poster Category
  • Cindy Pfirrmann – Scotch Plains Fanwood High School, Scotch Plains, NJ
    – High School Poster Category
  • William Werntz – Marlboro High School, Marlboro, NJ – Video Category

The Protect Me With 3+ contest raises awareness about the importance of
adolescent immunizations to protect against tetanus, diphtheria,
pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate,
and influenza (flu).

This year, the contest submissions doubled to nearly 400 poster and
video entries from middle school and high school students across the
state. The winning creations can be viewed at

“The Protect Me With 3+ contest teaches young adults about the value of
vaccinations, as an important part of their health. This competition
also provides them with an opportunity to express themselves
artistically and gain experience working collaboratively with their
peers,” said Ilise Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Partnership. “We
are delighted to have received a record number of student submissions
this year and look forward to engaging even more students and teachers
in next year’s contest!”

“The Department of Health is excited to share these informative posters
and videos at health events to promote the importance of adolescent
immunization,” said Dr. Tina Tan, State Epidemiologist and Assistant
Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health. “The work of these
students will help protect the health of New Jerseyans across the state.”

New Jersey students in grades 5-8 were eligible to submit posters, while
students in grades 9-12 were eligible to submit either posters or
videos. The public voted for their favorite entries from March 20
through April 2, 2017.

About the Partnership

The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey is
a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, licensed by the New Jersey
Department of Health (NJDOH). Its mission is to improve the health of
women, children, and families. The Partnership has more than 20 years of
experience mounting community-based, consumer-friendly and culturally
competent educational programs to parents, caregivers, pregnant women
and individuals of child-bearing age. For more information visit,

To learn more about vaccinations, please visit the New Jersey Department
of Health’s website:


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