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Shenandoah Valley fifth-grade student wins trip to Washington, D.C.

Madeline VanLeunen, a fifth-grade student at Shenandoah Valley Elementary School and Bruce Hunter, principal

A fifth-grade student at Shenandoah Valley Elementary School placed first in Missouri in a poster contest to illustrate the positive effects of being tobacco-free. The student, Madeline VanLeunen, won a trip for two to attend the American Academy of Family Physician's national convention in Washington D.C. in July.

VanLeunen will represent Missouri and participate in the national poster contest. Her mom, dad and sister will be going with her, along with a staff member from the Missouri Academy.

Tar Wars is a smoking prevention/tobacco-free program for fourth and fifth graders developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians and presented to students by local physicians. This past January, Dr. Brian Rogers (a retired family physician who lives in the Shenandoah area) presented the program to Shenandoah Valley fifth grade students. A follow up to the lesson is a poster contest, where students make posters to illustrate the positive effects of being tobacco-free.