Desiree Myers is a winner. Again.
Desiree, who won a Safety and Arbor Day poster contest and an immunization button contest this year, has won the "Say No to Drugs" poster contest sponsored by the Westminster police and Carroll Resources to Advance Safer Highways Coalition.
The 11-year-old Detour girl, who just completed fifth grade at Taneytown Elementary School, topped about 800 other student contestants from all 20 Carroll County elementary schools, Cpl. Michael Bible, the project coordinator, said.
The winning poster is on display on a signboard on Route 140 opposite the Northern Landfill. It depicts two circles: The one on the left shows pills, a syringe, a marijuana cigarette and cocaine; the other shows a skeleton and a gravesite to indicate that drugs lead to death.
Desiree says she formed the idea for the poster after Corporal Bible came to her school and spoke on the dangers of drugs, and her teacher emphasized, "If you take drugs, you are going to die."
The billboard reads, "Tragedy Is Only a Drug Away. Say No to Drugs. Say No to Death."
When she is not drawing prize-winning posters, Desiree loves to do ballet dancing. She attends a ballet class in Thurmont and also plays the piano and the oboe, says her mother, Candace Myers.
Desiree lives on a farm in Detour, where her father and grandfather tend a herd of cattle. Her father, Daryl Myers, also operates an appliance sales and repair business.
Desiree says her classmates gave a loud sigh when they saw her poster design and said, "Oh, no, she's going to win again."