Winners Announced for Fourth Annual Adolescent Immunization Awareness Contest

Protect Me With 3

Middle School and High School Winners of the Annual Protect Me With 3+ Poster and Video Contest Promote Vaccine Awareness

Newark, NJ – April 4, 2016 – The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, today announced the winners for the fourth annual Protect Me With 3+ adolescent immunization awareness poster and video contest. The winning entries can be viewed at 

Middle School Poster Contest Winners:

1st place: Emily Phu, Churchill Junior High, East Brunswick, NJ

2nd place: Susannah Taylor, George Washington Middle School, Ridgewood, NJ

3rd place: Priyal Shah, John Adams Middle School, Edison, NJ

 High School Poster Contest Winners:

1st place: Carmen Phu, East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick, NJ

2nd place: Nia Stewart, Academy of Allied Health & Science, Neptune, NJ

3rd place: Hannah Lee, Marlboro High School, Marlboro, NJ

 Video Contest Winners:

1st place: Jessica Manzon and Jacqueline Karlin, Marlboro High School, Marlboro, NJ

2nd place: Katrina Gutierrez and Aaron Agustin, Academy of Allied Health & Science, Neptune, NJ

3rd place: Bret Silverstein, Academy of Allied Health & Science, Neptune, NJ

Both the winners and finalists in each category were honored at an awards ceremony and banquet held at the Conference Center at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center in Hamilton on April 3, 2016. The top three winners in the poster and video categories received prizes and the opportunity for their submissions to be distributed during statewide immunization awareness activities. The teachers whose classes submitted the most eligible entries in each category also received awards.

In its fourth year, the Protect Me With 3+ contest increases awareness about the importance of four adolescent immunizations: tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate, and influenza (flu).

“The Protect Me With 3+ contest is an important opportunity to spread awareness about adolescent vaccines in a fun and creative way,” said Ilise Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Partnership. “We are so happy to have received a record number of entries into the contest and can’t wait to see what students and teachers come up with next year!”

“This year’s winners made some very creative and informative posters and videos that we are excited to use at statewide health events,” said Dr. Tina Tan, State Epidemiologist and Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health.

New Jersey students in grades 5-8 were eligible to submit posters while students in grades 9-12 were eligible to submit either posters or videos. The public voted for their favorite entries from February 29 through March 13, 2016.

To learn more about vaccinations, please visit the New Jersey Department of Health’s website:

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