Public Voting Begins for Fifth Annual Adolescent Immunization Awareness Contest

Creations from the Top Fifteen Middle School and High School
Finalists Showcased at ProtectMeWith3.com

NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, in
collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, today announced
the finalists for the fifth annual Protect Me With 3+ immunization
awareness contest. The creative work of the finalists – five middle
school posters, five high school posters and five videos – are now
showcased at www.protectmewith3.com,
where public voting will begin on March 20th.

Public voting will take place for two weeks. The public can vote up to
once a day until the ballot is closed on April 2nd at 11:59
PM EST. Voting is open to both adults and students. The top three
posters and videos in each category will be presented at an awards
ceremony to be held on April 23rd.

In its fifth year, Protect Me With 3+ challenges New Jersey youth in
middle and high school to raise awareness about the importance of
adolescent immunizations: tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis
(Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate and flu
vaccines. Last year the contest had over 200 entries from students
across New Jersey.

This year, the contest received almost 400 poster and video entries from
middle school and high school students across the state. “The
Partnership is excited to announce that we received a record-breaking
volume of quality submissions this year. I encourage you to go to protectmewith3.com
and identify the posters and videos you think deliver our public health
message most effectively. Your voice matters,” explains Ilise Zimmerman,
Executive Director of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of
Northern NJ.

Teachers across New Jersey also incorporated the Protect Me With 3+
contest into their curriculums by making it a class project. “It is very
encouraging to see teachers using this contest as an opportunity to
educate their students about the importance of adolescent immunization,”
states State Epidemiologist and Assistant Commissioner Dr. Tina Tan from
the New Jersey Department of Health.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in the video and two
poster categories. The winning entries will also be distributed during
statewide immunization awareness activities. Prizes for the classrooms
with the most eligible submissions in each category will also be awarded.

The finalists for this year’s contest include:

Middle School Poster Category:

  • Jaheim Best from Paterson Public School 25
  • Evonne Chiang from Union Township Middle School
  • Madden Langdon from Indian Mills Memorial School
  • Arya Sasne from Thomas Grover Middle School
  • Meredith Waropay from Indian Mills Memorial School

High School Poster Category:

  • Patricia Cenit from Bergen County Technical High School
  • Sarah Eveland from Hanover Park High School
  • Camryn Fontana from Bergen County Technical High School
  • D’Asia Simpson from Atlantic County Institute of Technology
  • Michelle Thieu from Atlantic County Institute of Technology

Video Category:

  • Karlo Cruz from Academy of Allied Health and Science
  • Zayna Bajwa from Academy of Allied Health and Science
  • Jessica David from Academy of Allied Health and Science
  • Spencer Friedman from Marlboro High School
  • Shannon McGavin from Henry Hudson Regional School

To vote, visit: www.protectmewith3.com/vote.

To view previous winners’ entries, visit: http://protectmewith3.com/winners/.

About the Partnership

The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey is
a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, licensed by the New Jersey
Department of Health (DOH). Its mission is to improve the health of
women, children, and families. The Partnership has more than 20 years of
experience mounting community-based, consumer-friendly and culturally
competent educational programs to parents, caregivers, pregnant women
and individuals of child-bearing age. For more information visit, http://partnershipmch.org.

To learn more about vaccinations, visit the New Jersey Department of
Health’s website, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/imm.shtml.

Contacts

Springboard PR
Caroline Vallila, 862-668-9207
caroline.vallila@springboardpr.com