Three Wyoming County students – Alexis Star Harley, Kailyn Spence, and Isaiah Clay – have art work displayed in the state Capitol, according to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Their art work helped raise awareness of opioid abuse in the attorney general’s most recent “Kids Kick Opioids” design contest, Morrisey said in a news release.

The 67 regional winning designs are being displayed on rotation at the Capitol through late November.

Additionally, the art work of Lauryn New, Boone County; Briar Pauley, Lincoln County; Whitney Belcher, McDowell County; Katelyn Duff and Taylor Wright, Mercer County, and Tytus Endicott and Emy Leigh Mitchell, Mingo County was displayed from students in southern West Virginia.

“Drug abuse needlessly claims too many lives,” Morrisey said.

“Our hope is the entries from these artistic students will bring greater awareness and change, and touch the minds and hearts of those who view them at the Capitol.

“These entries reveal not only the immense creativity and talent of our students – in some instances, their designs also show the heartbreaking situations that some students experience at home,” Morrisey said.

The designs were created during the 2020-21 school year by students at Baileysville Elementary and Middle School and Oceana Middle School, along with Brookview Elementary School, Duval Elementary and Middle School, Kimball Elementary School, Melrose Elementary School, Lashmeet-Matoaka School, and Gilbert Pre-K-8 School.

Liliona McKenzie Wright, of Rivesville Elementary and Middle School in Marion County, was selected as the statewide winner.

Her design appeared in newspapers as the attorney general’s latest public service announcement and remains on the office’s website, along with that of statewide runner-up Caitlin Modesitt, of Ravenswood Middle School in Jackson County.

“Kids Kick Opioids” represents one of several initiatives through which the attorney general has sought to combat West Virginia’s drug overdose death rate.

The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy, West Virginia Association of School Nurses and the Capitol Police assisted the attorney general in judging the public service announcement contest.

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