Matthew Spring, a Junior in the Advertising ~ Design & New Media program at the Newport Career and Technical Center & Rogers High School, won First Place in the Statewide Lindsey Ann Burke Foundation Bookmark design contest.

The theme was healthy respectful dating relationships, where tudents had to design the front of a bookmarker that shows what reflects good ideas of a healthy respectful dating relationship. As the winner, Matthew will receive a $200.00 Visa gift card.

Honorable Mentions Meg Turner and Michaela Mathews, also Juniors from NACTC & RHS Advertising ~Design and New Media program, each received $50.00 gift cards.

The designs will be used as the covers for over 20,000 bookmarkers. The cards will be distributed statewide to middle and high school students who attend in-school student assembly presentations.

Their Instructor, David Connell was impressed by the professional results and presentations by all his students.

The Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund is a non-profit corporation and was founded to honor the life of Lindsay Ann Burke, a 23 year old Rhode Island College graduate from North Kingstown, R.I. Lindsay was a compassionate, honest and trusting young woman who cared deeply for others. She was trying to break the cycle of violence when she was murdered. Lindsay was an education major and came from a family of educators. We believe she would want us to break the silence and work towards ending relationship violence through education. As such, this fund will support the prevention of relationship violence primarily through the education of teens, parents, educators, and the public.

Source: Info provided by Newport Public Schools

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