2/15/2010 9:55:00 AM Poster garners first place in Elks
anti-drug statewide contest
Glassford Hill Middle School student Kyle Trefethen placed first statewide for grades seven and eight in the Drug Awareness Poster Contest that the Elks sponsors.
Photo courtesy of Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Kyle Trefethen, a seventh-grader at Glassford Hill Middle School, said he does not know anybody who abuses drugs.
However, Kyle, 13, apparently felt touched enough by the subject matter to draw a poster with death metaphors. It contains skulls that appear to be engulfed in flames along with the words "Drugs Take A Grip."
Kyle, the son of Don and Donald Trefethen of Prescott Valley, said he thinks his poster will scare kids into not using drugs. He used crayons and markers.
He entered his poster in the 2009-10 Drug Awareness Poster Contest that the Elks organization sponsors. He won initially at Prescott Elks Lodge 330, advanced to the North District (with 12 lodges) and then placed first statewide for grades seventh and eighth.
"It got the message across in what we are looking for," said Sari McQuality, who is in charge of the poster contest for the lodge and is its past exalted ruler.
McQuality said more than 300 youths entered the contest at the lodge level, with the number growing to 6,000 statewide. The Arizona Elks Association presented Kyle with a $50 check.
Elks officials forwarded his entry to the Grand Lodge in Chicago for possible consideration for publication in the Elks' coloring book.
Kyle said math and woodshop are his favorite subjects in school because he considers them easy, and likes everything about art.
He said he likes drawing "the shapes, just the shapes."
He gets high marks from art teacher Julie Rodriguez, who does not have him in any classes this semester.
"Anytime he was doing his work, it had to be perfect," Rodriguez said. "He is a perfectionist. He is always willing to try new media - drawings, paintings, pastels."
Kyle also has the honor of entering the fourth year in which a youth who participated through Elks Lodge 330 placed first statewide, McQuality said.
Other winners at the lodge level are: boys, grades third and fourth, Connor Caneda, Taylor Hicks Elementary School; Jordon Senseney, home-schooled; and Branden Fischer, Liberty Traditional School.
Boys, grades fifth and sixth, are: Logan Sluder and Nathan Flurry, Taylor Hicks; and Ryan Rozendaal, home-schooled.
Garrett Rozendaal, home-schooled, and Anthony Hackman of Glassford Hill Middle School, along with Kyle, won for boys in grades seventh and eight.
Winners for girls in grades third and fourth are: Hannah Hoskens and Makennah Mills of Taylor Hicks; and Bailey Rozendaal, home-schooled.
Girls in grades fifth and sixth are: Elizabeth Mello of Liberty Traditional; and Savannah Hayes and Cheyenne King, both of Glassford Hill Middle School.
Girls in grades seventh and eighth are: Jocelyn Pruett of Parkview; and Marin Stamp and Diana Mejia, both of Glassford Hill (now at Liberty Traditional).