By Cassandra Cajowski
Kira Litchfield, winner of the Apache Junction Elks drug awareness poster contest, was recently named winner of the state competition by the Arizona State Elks Association.
Litchfield, a Cactus Canyon eighth grader, won $50 and will have her poster entered in the national competition this summer in Austin, Texas.
The contest was for students to create pictures to support a drug-free lifestyle. Litchfield was not only the winner of the contest, but also a strong proponent of not using drugs.
“I just do not like drugs,” she explained. “I absolutely hate them.”
Litchfield commits time throughout the day to practice her drawings, which made a big impact on helping her win.
“I practice drawing for about two hours a day,” Litchfield said.
Art teacher Gail McFarland encouraged her students to put their best effort into the contest. Especially Litchfield with her creative mind and artistic ability.
“Kira was a great student,” McFarland said. “She always turned her work on in time.”
Winning the contest showed Kira her special talent toward artwork.
“Winning the competition made me feel like my pictures are finally worth something,” Litchfield said.