The Hamden Elks Lodge 2224, representing Hamden and North Haven, has selected the winners of its 2013-14 Lodge Drug Awareness Poster and Essay Contest. Participants were students from West Woods School, Helen Street School, Wintergreen Magnet School, Hamden Middle School, and Hamden Youth Services. This Years theme was “Down with drugs. Up with awareness!” The Lodge contest winning entries will go on to compete at the Connecticut Elks Association state level. Essay winners are: 7th Grade: 1st Place – Caitlin Murphy, Hamden Middle School. 8th Grade: 1st Place – Seleha Farooqui, Hamden Middle School. Poster Winners are: 3rd Grade: 1st Place – Ryan Cappella, West Woods School; 2nd Place – Kai Jennings, Hamden Youth Services. 4th Grade: 1st Place – Jamie-Lynn Palumbo, West Woods School. 5th Grade: 1st Place – Faiz Farooqui, Helen Street School; 2nd Place – Shabrang Montazer, Wintergreen Magnet School. 3rd Place – Aliya Cameron, Wintergreen Magnet School. To support or become involved in the Hamden Elks – an organization dedicated to patriotism, service to our hospitalized veterans, as well as youth scholarship, sports and drug prevention programs – contact Andy Caporossi at 203 819-6961.