FREE e-scribe now!

This week’s edition!

Gorham students, teacher place in Expressions Challenge

DEERFIELD, IL — Walgreens awards high school students and teachers more than $25,000 in prize money in the 15th annual Expressions by Walgreens creative arts contest. Expressions by Walgreens is a free contest that gives teens a platform to creatively engage and share their feelings on any topic they choose.  This year, common submission themes were the impact of social media, social justice, and mental health. Youth mental health is one of the US Surgeon General’s core priorities with one 2023 survey revealing that 87 percent of young people in the United States had suffered some mental health problem on a regular basis. Clinical psychologists call The Expressions Challenge an “excellent platform” that helps adolescents “face emotions, decrease anxiety and build confidence.”

The contest shows a record year in student entries with nearly an 80% increase from last year.  Walgreens received close to 9,000 student submissions with entries coming from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands in addition to nearly double the online votes for People’s Champs winners. Eligible entries are judged in four categories: visual arts, media arts, spoken word, and creative writing. Walgreens also recognizes and awards educators as Teacher Champions for going above and beyond with their support of students.   

“It warms our hearts that our 15th Anniversary year of Expressions by Walgreens has been such a banner year. All the students who entered shared their voice through the art they created, and that’s exactly the intention of Expressions,” says Alethia Jackson, Senior Vice President of ESG and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Our commitment to championing healthier communities is of critical importance to current and future generations. The high school years can often be filled with many pressures and distractions, and self-expression through art can be therapeutic in handling those pressures. Our overall mission is to reimagine how local healthcare improves societal health and well-being, and the Expressions Challenge helps us achieve that mission among our teens.”

The full list of winners follows:

Visual Arts

First Place: (Lost Remembrance) Zeno P., Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ

Second Place: (Juvenile Witness) Soleil F., Osceola County School for the Arts, Kissimmee, FL

Third Place: (September 20th) Kiara P., Escuela Especializada Central de Artes Visuales, Dorado, PR 

People’s Champ: (September 20th) Kiara P., Escuela Especializada Central de Artes Visuales, Dorado, PR

Media Arts

First Place: (Frame) Chauncey V., James Campbell High School, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Second Place: (Anxious Love) Lilli N., Gorham High School, Gorham, ME

Third Place: (Autism, my mental pet) Jayden A., Denton High School, Denton, TX

People’s Champ: (Static Starvation) Emma G. and Emma S., Midwood High School, Brooklyn, NY

Spoken Word

First Place: (The Question vs. The Statement) CarRyn G., Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI

Second Place: (Show Us What You Have Done) Sasmitha B., Solon High School, Solon, OH

Third Place: (The Children of America) Amora S., Dekalb School of the Arts, Lithonia, GA

People’s Champ: (Acceptance) Aiden F., Gorham High School, Gorham, ME

Creative Writing

First Place: (Versatile or Violent?) Aliyah B., Dekalb School of the Arts, Scottdale, GA

Second Place: (Home) Jae B., Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, KY

Third Place: (To You, My Memory) Sophia D., Pine-Richland High School, Gibsonia, PA

People’s Champ: (A Two-Sided Sword) Fabiana H., Littleton High School, Littleton, CO

Teacher Champions

Whitney Davis, CE King High School, Houston, TX

Sheanna Eggers, Burnsville High School, Burnsville, MN

Nicole Jacob Licht, DeKalb School of the Arts, Avondale Estates, GA

Jonathan Webb, RFK – School for the Visual Arts and Humanities, Los Angeles, CA

About Expressions by Walgreens

Expressions was established by Walgreens to educate, empower and equip young people and their communities with insights and resources on issues impacting teens. Since 2009, Expressions by Walgreens has reached approximately one million high school students and awarded more than $400,000 in monetary prizes. More than 500 organizations, high schools, teachers and parents have participated in the program since its inception.

Aiden Fortier

Leave a Reply

Contact Us!

Sales Office:
28 State Street
Gorham, ME 04038

Mailing Address:
89 Union Street, Suite 1014
Auburn, ME 04210

(207) 558-8488

Connect with Us on...
Gorham Weekly on Facebook Gorham Weekly on Instagram Gorham Weekly on Twitter