The 2014 Stamp Out Smoking (SOS) coloring contest received almost 18,000 entries from nearly 100 elementary schools across Arkansas. The activity was open to Arkansas students in kindergarten through third grades who were encouraged to color artwork featuring this year’s theme, "Natural State vs. the Tobacco State."

Maumelle’s Emma Hale, a third-grader at Academic Plus Charter School won first place in the Natural State division for her age group.

Hale’s artwork is pictured.

Other winning artwork can be viewed at

In addition to individual prizes for students, schools that had 100 percent of their eligible students participate were entered in a drawing. This year, Bismarck Elementary School in Bismarck was drawn, and it will receive $1,000 to purchase art supplies.

Pulaski County winners are as follows:

Second Grade (Tobacco State)

1st Place – Kaile Sysakayavong, Mansfield Elementary School, Mansfield

2nd Place – Kaylee Hill, Marion Elementary School, Marion

3rd Place – William Bryant, Otter Creek Elementary School, Little Rock

Third Grade

(Natural State)

1st Place – Emma Hale, Academics Plus Charter School, Maumelle

2nd Place – Jetson Wagner, Lavaca Elementary School, Lavaca

3rd Place – Bella Reynolds, Bergman Elementary School, Bergman

The SOS coloring contest is one of many SOS prevention programs aimed at keeping youth from starting tobacco, giving them a voice to speak up and out against a deadly product. Prevention programs have proven to be a key component in driving down youth smoking rates. Teachers participating said the contest was an easy way to address important health issues in their classes.