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2018 Play It Safe Poster Design Contest Rules


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WHAT IS THE MISSION OF “PLAY IT SAFE”? “ To encourage high school graduates to make informed, healthy choices while having responsible fun without the use of alcohol and other drugs ”

WHAT IS THE “PLAY IT SAFE GRADUATION PROJECT”? The Ocean City Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee (OCDAAPC), Inc., the Town of Ocean City, MD and the Worcester County Health Department have worked together since 1989 to plan, develop, and implement the “Play It Safe” project for all high school graduates across Maryland. The project culminates in Ocean City during June each year.

– Planning and implementing a statewide multimedia campaign
– Sponsoring special alcohol and drug-free events during June which honor visiting high school graduates who choose to celebrate their graduation in Ocean City, MD

All events are free and fun.

The poster design contest is only for Maryland High School Students

 The contest rules are:

  • The poster design contest is open to any high school student in Maryland.
  • Poster needs to be an 8 ½” x11″ camera ready, portrait format (not landscape), black and white image.
  •  (OCDAAPC, Inc., reserves the right to color the design as deemed appropriate.)
Poster Drawing Orientation
Portrait Landscape
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  • Design must be an original, pen and/or ink, drawing by the artist, not computer-generated
  • Design should not include indications of body piercing, tattoos, alcohol/drug use or tobacco use.
  •  Design must include the following wording:
    1. “Play It Safe” must be predominantly displayed, preferably at the top of the design
    2. ‘18 (as in 2018) High School Grads
    3. Ocean City, MD A Passport to Fun
    4. Signature of artist is to be in lower right corner
    5. Entries must include the name and address of the artist on the back of the design
    6. The entry must be accompanied by a letter, on school letterhead, from the respective school administrator and/or other school personnel.
    7. All “Play It Safe” Poster Design entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 20, 2017
  • **-All entries become the sole property of the OCDAAPC Worcester County Health Department

    Winning entry will be posted on the Play It Safe web site.

    GRAND PRIZE $100 dollars, and the winning poster design will be placed on thousands of “Play It Safe” T-shirts, and posters! The grand prize winner will also be recognized at a major press event in Ocean City, MD Date TBD in 2018

    All “Play It Safe” Poster Design entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 20, 2017.

    Mail your “Play It Safe” entries to:

    Worcester County Health Department/Prevention Office
    Attn: Play It Safe Jaclyn Lensch
    P.O. Box 249
    Snow Hill, MD 21863

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (410) 632-1100, ext 1125. The “Play It Safe Graduation Project” is made possible by Ocean City Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee, Inc., the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Town of Ocean City, MD, and the Worcester County Health Department. ** All entries become the property of Worcester County Health Department

Play It Safe Fun Free Events


Ocean City, Md.-The Ocean City Drug Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee announced last years 2017 poster Contest Winner. Each year the committee holds a poster contest. This winning entry was selected among numerous entries from Maryland High School Students. The winner will be honored at a Kick Off Breakfast and in the Press. The winning entry will appear on all of our Tee Shirts and web site.

Drumb Roll Please….

The winner is Madison Rolf from Cambridge South Dorchester  Senior High  School in Worcester County.

Congrats to our 2017 Poster Contest Winner from Cambridge South Dorchester High School
And The Winner Is …Madison Rolf

2017 Poster Contest Winner

2017 Poster Contest Winning Entry

AND THE WINNER IS…#2:Madison Rolf from Cambridge-South Dorchester High School in Dorchester County. Congrats from O.C.D.A.A.P.C. Her winning entry seen here will be colorized and appear on our 2017 tees, website, …etc. Madison will be recognized and receive her prizes at the Kick Off Breakfast this year!

Each Year the Ocean City Drug Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee (O.C.D.A.A.P.C.) holds their Annual Play It Safe Poster Contest open to all Maryland State High School Students. The winning entry is featured on the FREE TEE SHIRTS Play It Safe gives out during that years 2017 Fun Free Events as well as featured on our web site and stationary.
work seen here will be featured on all of the Play It Safe Ocean City Tees, Our Web Site, Our Passport To Fun Information Coupon Booklets…etc! Our winner will be honored at our Press Conference Kick off Breakfast in May 2017!

This entry was outstanding and got the eye of all the Ocean City Drug Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee Members, and Judges who all loved the Boat Beached. The committee was impressed with its overall apperance. The OCDAAPC would like to Congrats to our winner and Thank all of our entrants and encourage you to please inform your school administrators of the Play It Safe Ocean City Project and your Art department of this Poster Contest.