Work of Berkeley County Student Exhibited at W.Va.’s Capitol Building | Newspaper


CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently announced that his office has exhibited artwork by a Berkeley County student in the State Capitol building, highlighting the efforts of opioid abuse awareness in Morrisey’s newest Kids Kick Opioids design competition.

The local entry on display was created by Brooke Y. West. The work of the Berkeley County student is joined by that of Faith A. Snyder, Emily Vinoski, Matix Delawder, Brady Vetter, Nevaeh Smith, Biniam Girmay, Madison Turner, Destiny Zelaya Castro and Sadie Crites.

“Drug addiction unnecessarily takes too many victims. Our hope is that the nominations from these art students will bring greater awareness and change and touch the minds and hearts of those who see them on the Capitol, ”said Morrisey. “These entries not only reveal the immense creativity and talent of our students, in some cases their designs also show the heartbreaking situations some students experience at home.”

The designs on display were created during the 2020-2021 school year by students then studying at the following schools: Spring Mills Middle School and Moorefield Middle School.

The entry for Berkeley County and others in the region are among the 67 regional winning entries chosen by the judges.

The judges selected Liliona McKenzie Wright of Rivesville Elementary / Middle School in Marion County as the statewide winner. Her design appeared in newspapers as the Attorney General’s last public service announcement in July and remains on the office’s website, along with that of statewide finalist Caitlin Modesitt of Ravenswood Middle. School in Jackson County.

The regional winning designs were displayed in rotation with other regions on Capitol Hill until early December.

Kids Kick Opioids is one of many initiatives through which Morrisey has sought to tackle the drug overdose death rate in West Virginia, including a lawsuit against the United States Drug Enforcement Administration that has carried out sweeping reforms. of the national drug quota system.

Morrisey has also fought the opioid crisis with civil litigation, multi-state initiatives, funding to target opioid abuse, prosecution, new technologies, engagement with the faith community, and education.

The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy, the West Virginia School Nurses Association and the Capitol Police helped Morrisey judge the PSA competition.


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