Todd Yancy, an Art teacher at University City High School, and Kem Smith, an English teacher at McCluer North High School, were among the area teachers honored by Walgreens for “going above and beyond their ordinary duties to encourage students to creatively express themselves through art, spoken word and videos on very real topics to make a difference in their schools and community.”

They encouraged student participation in the Walgreens Expressions Challenge, a peer-to-peer based “healthy choice” awareness initiative for high school teens age 14-18. The challenge motivates participants to voice their opinion on critical life issues they face daily through creative writing, visual arts, and media arts.

To learn more about the challenge and to view the student submissions, visit

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