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DHS student named poster contest winner
By Michael Wright
Mar 8, 2013, 15:47

Cindy Mares, second from left, along with her father, Martin Mares, her mother, Manuela Mares, her brother, Julian Mares, and Dumas ISD Chief of Police Larry Payne.

Dumas High School student Cindy Mares has earned regional recognition for a poster she drew as part of a contest targeting teens.

The contest, which promotes awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, including texting and driving, took place at campuses throughout the Panhandle. Winners were chosen at each campus and those winners were then competing against one another for top honors and scholarship dollars.

Mares beat out finalists from seven other school districts including Happy ISD, Pampa ISD, Nazareth ISD, Miami ISD, Tulia ISD, Channing ISD and Adrian ISD to claim, at minimum, a $2,000 scholarship ($4,000 if she attends WTAMU).

The contest came about as a result of the untimely death of Allyson Ford, who lost her life in a distracted driving accident in 2012. Her family and Robert McLain at Channing ISD organized the contest and the final judging took place this week at WTAMU in Canyon.

Read more about the contest and see what Cindy has to say about the issue of distracted driving in the upcoming Thursday, March 14 print edition of the News-Press.