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Winners of anti-bullying poster contest announced

Pictured are the winners of the 2019 Anti-Bullying Poster Contest, along with Credit Union and school officials. Seated, (from left) Emma Bittinger, Oak Glen Middle School; Morgan Geibel, Oak Glen Middle School; Sarah Robinson, Oak Glen Middle School; Brynn Artman, St. Joseph the Worker School; Cady Freeland, St. Joseph the Worker School; Emilia Jordan, St. Joseph the Worker School; Tyler Kirkpatrick, St. Paul Catholic School and Olivia Morris, St. Paul Catholic School. (second) Mali Olivani, St. Paul Catholic School; Hailey Maloney, Weir Middle School; Madison Morris, Weir Middle School; Kendal Ryan, Weir Middle School; Riley Straight, Weir Middle School; Kaylee Virden, Weir Middle School; Kendra Boyd, Brooke Middle School; Sophia Ellis, Brooke Middle School and Aaralyn Slack, Brooke Middle School; (back) Senator Ryan Weld, WV Senate; Scott Winwood, First Choice America FCU; Mrs. Lammers, St. Joseph the Worker School; Ms. Fish, St. Paul Catholic School; Janet Stagani, President of the Weirton-Wellsburg Chapter of Credit Unions and Tin Mill Employees FCU; Trish McGee, Hancock County Employees FCU; Captain Rick Stead of Weirton Police Dept. and Ms. Sissini, Brooke Middle School. (Submitted photo)

WEIRTON — In the month of March the Credit Unions challenged local 5th graders to make anti-bullying posters. The Credit Unions picked the winning posters based solely on the poster the student created. At the Weirton-Wellsburg Chapter of Credit Unions meeting held on April 10, 2019, the winning students were awarded a certificate and a cash prize. The winners of the anti-bullying contest were: Emma Bittinger, Oak Glen Middle School; Morgan Geibel, Oak Glen Middle School; Sarah Robinson, Oak Glen Middle School; Brynn Artman, St. Joseph the Worker School; Cady Freeland, St. Joseph the Worker School; Emilia Jordan, St. Joseph the Worker School; Tyler Kirkpatrick, St. Paul Catholic School; Olivia Morris, St. Paul Catholic School; Mali Olivani, St. Paul Catholic School; Hailey Maloney, Weir Middle School; Madison Morris, Weir Middle School; Kendal Ryan, Weir Middle School; Riley Straight, Weir Middle School; Kaylee Virden, Weir Middle School; Kendra Boyd, Brooke Middle School; Sophia Ellis, Brooke Middle School; and Aaralyn Slack, Brooke Middle School.

Also, at the April Chapter meeting WV State Senator Ryan Weld spoke to the crowd. He applauded the children on their fine work and the Credit Unions on their efforts of talking about bullying and trying to prevent it.

“This is such a hot topic and it affects all school children and their parents. We are hoping this poster contest raises awareness in the schools and gives teachers and parents the opportunity to talk to the children about the dangers of bullying. We had so many outstanding posters, it was very difficult to pick winners,” said Janet Stagani, Credit Union Chapter President.

The Weirton-Wellsburg Chapter consists of the following five Credit Unions: Eagle Can Employees Federal Credit Union, First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, Hancock School Employees Federal Credit Union, Strip Steel Community Federal Credit Union and Tin Mill Employees Federal Credit Union.

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