Best in state Jack Tolnai wins state "Choose Not To Use" poster contest

| 09 May 2012 | 11:50

WEST MILFORD — Jack Tolnai knows what he'll be doing on June 1. He has a date in Wildwood at the Convention Center where he will be honored by the Elks as the state-wide award winner in the "Choose Not To Use Drugs" poster contest.

Jack, a fifth grade student at Westbrook Elementary School, was recognized by the West Milford Elks last Saturday for coming in first for the district contest. His poster - which showed a football player running with the ball and was titled "I choose not to use...I choose football. Outrun drugs" - was then submitted to the state. And he impressed on the state level too, coming home with the first place prize

According to Jack's mom Kimberly Tolnai, he is a big football fan and his favorite team is the Giants.

"Football inspires him," said Kimberly Tolnai.

And he's an excellent artist, his mom said.

Most important, he knows that football, drawing, reading, volunteering - and any of the other activities Jack likes to do - are much better choices than drugs.

Pictured here, from left, are Mary Barrett, the drug awareness chairperson, West Milford Police Chief Gene Chiosie, Mayor Bettina Bieri and Jack Tolnai in front.