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logo_MATForcePrescott Valley AZ (May 18, 2017) – MATFORCE is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 “Stand With Me, Be Drug Free” video contest. Area youth ages 11 to 18 were invited to let their voices be heard by creating an original short video that makes a positive statement about reducing drug and alcohol abuse.

Awards were given for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention. First place winners in each category received $300, second place earned a $200 award and $100 was given to third place winners. Honorable mention winners received $25.

Merilee Fowler, MATFORCE Executive Director, said, “MATFORCE is so excited to have several powerful entries in the video contest. The students did a remarkable job expressing the harms and devastation of drug use. It is an honor to recognize the great work of the youth in Yavapai County.”

In the middle school category first place, was awarded to Jebidiah Okerlund, homeschooled from Prescott Valley. Second place was awarded to Porsche Hamil and Joseline Estrada from Glassford Hills Middle School in Prescott Valley. Third place was awarded to Carter Gullikson from Granite Mountain School in Prescott.

In the high school category, first place was awarded to Lesly Castillo from Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley. Second place was awarded to Thomas Carabin and Lorenzo Harvey from Mingus Mt. Union High School in Cottonwood.

Honorable mention winners include: Micah Peterson and Trenton Gullikson from Mile High Middle School in Prescott; K’Lynn Busby, Ethan Rosson, Anthony Rios, Tanner McDonald, Jacob Tobin, Luke Tobin, Bastian Hamilton and Zavier Hamilton from the Yavapai County Youth Coalition in Prescott Valley.

Winning videos will be used by MATFORCE at community events and as public service announcements on TV and radio. The videos can be viewed online at