Minnesota D.A.R.E. Announces 2016 Statewide Poster Contest Winners

20160411_134456_resizedPoster Contest Winner #1 – Twins Opening Pitch April 17th 

DARE Student – Maria from Mississippi School

DARE Officer Gustavson – Coon Rapids PD

Winning Poster Olmsted Co. 2016

Poster Contest Winner – #1-Twins Opening Pitch May 1rd

DARE Student – Olivia from Stewartville Middle School

DARE Officer Dan Johnson-Olmsted Co. SO


Golden Valley, MN—Minnesota D.A.R.E., Inc. would like to announce the 2016 Poster Contest winners. The (2) first place winners will be throwing out the opening pitches at the April 17th & May 1rd Twins games.

For the April 17th game, the winner is from Mississippi School in Coon Rapids whose D.A.R.E. officer is Officer Gustavson from the Coon Rapids Police Department. The pitch on May 1rd will be thrown out by a student from Stewartville Middle School whose D.A.R.E. officer is Dan Johnson with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office. Additional poster contest winners are following and their posters will be found at www.mndare.org (Latest News).

This year’s theme was “D.A.R.E. to C.A.R.E. (Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, and Equality)!” The contest was open for 5th or 6th grade D.A.R.E. students, statewide.

Minnesota D.A.R.E., Inc. received hundreds of entries from around Minnesota. The top entries will receive special DARE prizes. These posters will be framed and put on display at DARE events throughout the state.

Minnesota D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a prevention and education program that advocates and educates for healthy and safe children. D.A.R.E. serves young people and their families teaching the skills to make positive decisions, provides education on safe and healthy lifestyles and gives the tools to enable them to resist engaging in negative and violent behaviors. Over 25 million students have been reached worldwide and over 60,000 Minnesota students receive instruction annually.

For more information, contact MNDARE@aol.com or go to www.mndare.org

2016 – Winning Entries:

(Poster #1 (April 17th) – See above)

#1 – Twins Opening Pitch April 17th

Maria – Mississippi School

DARE Officer Gustavson – Coon Rapids PD


(Poster #1 (May 1st) – See above)

#1-Twins Opening Pitch May 1st

Olivia – Stewartville Middle School

DARE Officer – Dan Johnson-Olmsted Co. SO


#2 – Ethan – Hamilton School

DARE Officer Briana Johnson– Coon Rapids PD


#3 – Jaida

Stewartville Elementary

DARE Officer Dan Johnson – Olmsted Co. SO


#4 – Riley – Windom Area Middle School

DARE Officer Dana Wallace-Windom PD


#5 – Delilah-Shakopee Area Catholic Schools

DARE Officer Anderson – Shakopee PD



#6 – Lauren

St. Philip’s School

DARE Officer Jon Hunt – Bemidji PD



#7 – Ivania – Worthington Middle School

DARE Officer Daniel Brouillet – Worthington PD


#8 – Jashin- Eisenhower School

DARE Officer Ken Young – Coon Rapids PD



#9 – Ashlyn – Kasson-Mantorville Middle School

DARE Officer Jason Peck-Kasson PD



#10 – Alexa-SG Reinertson

DARE Officer Dahl – Moorhead PD



#11 – Ella – Visitation School

DARE Officer Mario Reyes – Mendota Heights PD



#12 – Jacob -Underwood School

DARE Officer Jordan Anderson – Ottertail Co. SO



#13 – Carly – Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion

DARE Officer Nichole Korth – New Hope PD



#14 – Payton- St. Dominic

DARE Officer Derek Estrem – Rice Co. SO



#15 – Ananda-Sibley

DARE Officer Angela Borchardt – Northfield PD


#16 – Shamira- St. Dominic

DARE Officer Derek Estrem – Rice Co. SO



#17 – Stella – Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion

DARE Officer Nicole Korth – New Hope PD


#18 – Cherise – Brandon-Evansville Middle School

DARE Officer Kavanagh – Douglas Co. SO


#19 – Carter – Foley Intermediate School

DARE Officer Dan Dalton – Benton Co. SO


#20 – Kylie – Sawtooth Mountain

DARE Officer Ben Hallberg – Cook Co SO