Siteman Sponsors National Kick Butts Day Contests
April 3, 2009 – In recognition of National Kick Butts Day on March 24, the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine teamed up with several St. Louis Public Schools and the Institute for Family Medicine to sponsor "Hip Hop for Kick Butts," a program aimed at encouraging kids to take a leadership role in the fight against youth tobacco use.
The program invited high school and middle school students to enter original songs and photographs with anti-tobacco messages in a contest. The winning musicians performed live at a Kick Butts Day event at Central Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) High School, and CDs with their songs were distributed to the audience. Winning photographs also were displayed at the event.
The winning students and their schools are:
Song Contest, Solo Competition
- First place – Jessie Moody, Central VPA High School
- Second place – Darren Hale, also known as Lil D, St. Louis Charter School
- Third place – Chanel Goodsow, Central VPA High School
Song Contest, Team Competition
- First place – Team Revolution, Derrick Matlock and Demetrius Jackson, Central VPA High School
- Second place – One Dream, Antonio Crawford and Virleshia Conner, St Louis Charter School
To listen to some of the winning songs, click on the audio files below.
Photography (click image to see larger)
First place, Amanda Stanfill, Central VPA High School
"Truth About Tobacco"
Second place, Andy Holman, Gateway IT Middle School
"Personal Impact of Tobacco"
Third place, Michael Brooks, Gateway IT Middle School
"Environmental Impact of Tobacco"
Fourth place, Breanna Komerous, Gateway IT Middle School
"Second-Hand Smoke Impact"
Siteman's Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD), which works to reduce inequalities in cancer care, partnered with St. Louis Public Schools to organize the event. Supporting organizations included the Institute for Family Medicine, BJC School Outreach and Youth Development Program, Saint Louis University Tobacco Prevention Center and Young Choices Inc. Funding was provided in part by the Missouri Foundation for Health, a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of people in the communities it serves.
National Kick Butts Day is a time to educate kids of all ages about the dangers of tobacco. It is an opportunity for youth advocates to take matters into their own hands and achieve real results in the field of tobacco prevention, control and education. Rallies and events take place around the world. Local participation is particularly important since Missouri has the third-highest smoking rate in the country.
Click here to watch a KTVI-TV story about the event.