Two St. Louis Public Schools high school students have been honored by Walgreens for being leaders in the teen health community as part of the Walgreens Expressions Challenge-St. Louis. The challenge is held in Chicago and St. Louis, and has reached more than 500,000 teens to date.
The challenge motivates and engages teens ages 14 to 18 to voice their opinion on topics including: sexting, self-esteem, teen pregnancy, STD prevention, abstinence, and sexual responsibility and awareness. Entrants submitted their perspective in one of three categories: Creative Writing, Multimedia or Visual Arts.
Shantellius White, a junior at Carnahan High School of the Future, placed first in the Expressions Challenge, St. Louis-Creative Writing Contest. Jacob Lindsey, a senior at Cleveland NJROTC Academy, placed first in the Expressions Challenge, St. Louis-Visual Arts Contest
As first place winners, both White and Lindsey were honored with an awards reception at the Missouri History Museum, and will receive $2,000 each, along with $500 for their teachers and $500 for their schools.
White and Lindsey’s artwork will travel with the Expressions Challenge Galley Tours, and will be displayed at partner schools for three to four weeks promoting peer-to-peer healthy choices. Lindsey’s Visual Arts submission will also be transferred into a poster that will be distributed to schools and organizations between Chicago and St. Louis.