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Second in the nation!

Carson Fisher, 10, of Sheffield is congratulated by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin after Carson won second place in the National Tar Wars poster contest on July 15 in Washington, D.C. Carson's "Don't get hooked on tobacco" poster was chosen from more than 300 posters to win the local Tar Wars poster contest sponsored in March by the Bureau/Putnam County Health Department. Carson won Illinois Tar Wars contest in April and then he and his family traveled in July to Washington, D.C., for the national competition. Carson will be in fifth grade this fall at Bureau Valley South in Buda.

SHEFFIELD — The Tar Wars poster created by Carson Fisher of Sheffield has placed second in the National Tar Wars Poster Contest in Washington D.C.

Carson, who will be a fifth-grader this fall at Bureau Valley South in Buda, won the local Bureau County Tar War contest in March, went on to win the state competition in April. and placed second in the nation in July.

Carson, his parents Chad and Angie Fisher, and his sister, Kenzi, traveled to Washington, D.C., in mid-July where the national poster winners were announced July 15 at a banquet honoring all the state winners. As part of their trip to Washington, D.C., all state winners went to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress; Carson and his family met with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Adam Kinzinger and staff for Sen. Mark Kirk.

The Illinois Tar Wars program is sponsored by the Illinois Association of Family Physicians.(IAFP) and is part of a national program started 25 years ago by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

In making the announcement of Carson’s trip results, IAFP spokesperson Ginnie Flynn said Carson’s second-place finish is the highest honor ever received for an Illinois Tar Wars poster. Last year, Taylor Coley of Bolingbrook took fourth place, and other Illinois winners have finished fifth and sixth in the past.

On the county level, Carson’s poster was one of more than 300 posters created by fourth- and fifth-grade students from area schools for the annual poster contest sponsored by the Bureau/Putnam County Health Department.

Angie Fisher said her son was proud and excited with winning second place on the national level. Carson chose the fish design for his winning poster because he loves to fish, and the fish with a hook and ‘Don’t get hooked” message seemed to be a good fit for the tobacco-free theme of Tar Wars.

Angie said Carson and the family had a great time on their trip to Washington, D.C. Though he doesn’t currently have his original poster, she wants to frame at least a copy of the poster to put in her son’s bedroom, to go along with the plaque he received for his win.

Joy Jaraczewski, health educator with the Bureau/Putnam County Health Department, said it’s very exciting that Carson’s poster placed second in the nation. The poster is colorful and simple in design. The message of Tar Wars is not complicated but is simply to not get started using tobacco products. Carson did a great job in conveying that message with his poster, she said.

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