An 11-year-old Westminster girl beat more than 900 other contestants in a "Say No To Drugs" poster contest and was rewarded by seeing her winning design placed on a roadside billboard Friday.
Kimberly McCready, now a sixth-grade student at East Middle School, designed and drew the poster while still a fifth-grader at Robert Moton Elementary.
Kimberly said the idea came to her while she was thinking of the slogan "Don't Be A Litterbug" during the contest, which was open to all fifth-grade students in the county.
The winning poster, which is on display along northbound Route 31 near the Westminster Livestock Yards, reads "Don't Be A Drug Bug -- Or Else! -- Say No To Drugs."
Kim said she worked on her design for a long time before presenting it to her instructor for the contest.
The contest, now in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Westminster Police Department. Friday's award was the last official act of Cpl. Rick May, the department's public relations officer for 5 1/2 years.
Starting this Friday, he begins a new position with the State Highway Administration.
He will serve as an adviser for SHA safety initiatives, including the "Kids in Safety Seats" program and the Maryland Committee for Safety Belt Use.