Mercer County Student Wins State-Wide Art Contest

MERCER COUNTY– A southern West Virginia student has been named as the statewide winner of the Attorney General’s Kids Kick Opioids contest.

Blake Pacitto, of Lashmeet/Matoaka Elementary School in Mercer County, was selected as the statewide winner from entries submitted by 2,300 students across West Virginia.

The fourth-grader’s winning design illustrated how opioid abuse threatens the user’s employment, home life and time spent with loved ones. It warns that opioid abuse could ultimately lead to prison or death.

It will soon appear in newspapers across West Virginia as the Attorney General’s next public service announcement.

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