Anthem seventh grader wins AYAC vandalism poster contest

Date Modified: Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:52am

Laci Sass, an Anthem home-schooled seventh grader, is the winning artist of the anti-vandalism/graffiti poster as part of the Anthem Youth Advisory Council informational campaign.

The ACC spends thousands of dollars and countless man-hours to keep the community clean as a result of vandalism. This money, which comes directly from the families living in Anthem, could be used to improve the community, instead of repairing damages. Artists were asked to used some of the following facts in their poster submission:

  • Anthem residents paid approximately $25,000 for vandalism cleanup in 2016.                                        
  • Replacing a single shade canopy in an Anthem park costs approximately $4,000.
  • Vandalism crimes are punishable by fines, restitution, probation and jail time for adults and minors.
  • On average, vandalism takes place in Anthem parks two to three times per week.
  • Spray painting, scratching mirrors or steel, lighting canopies on fire, driving through grass, and leaving fishing line on the ground are all forms of vandalism.  

According to Jenna Kohl, an advisory to the Anthem Youth Advisory Council, "Laci's poster was chosen by the youth council in part because of it's detail, it is specific to Anthem and includes a lot of Anthem facts; it is eye-catching (like a comic), humorous, creative, targets a youth audience, creates a sense of community and how vandalism effects it, even includes an ACC Parks and Facilities staff member."

The second place poster was created by Ellie Faley, seventh grader at Diamond Canyon. Her poster was also detailed and specific to Anthem; it included facts, is neat and organized, uses bright colors and is attention-grabbing.
Third place was awarded to Nikolas Gall, a freshman at Boulder Creek High School. His poster is simple, gets to the point quickly, and uses vandalism to convey the message (adding an element of interest).
The youth council this year focused on vandalism and graffiti awareness, and the impact it has on the community. Many people aren't aware that vandalism isn’t just graffiti; it’s everything from illegal dumping in 404 washes to driving on park grass. While the issue is not unique to Anthem, it is important to be aware and take steps toward prevention. If you witness vandalism in progress, call 911. Report damage to law enforcement, but also contact the ACC Parks and Facilities staff for cleanup in common areas. Vandalism is more than a task for Parks and Facilities staff to address – ultimately, it is a hard cost absorbed by community members.
Prizes will be presented at the April 26 ACC Board of Directors meeting at 6:30 p.m., at the Civic Building. Laci's winning poster will be printed in the May Resource Guide and will be on display at the Community Center and Civic Building in May. View all of the posters submitted in the contest. >>

AYAC Recruitment

Recruitment for the 2017-18 youth council is underway. Open to Anthem residents entering 7-12th grades, applications are due by May 5 at 5 p.m. An informational meeting for those interested in applying will be held at the Civic Building April 19 at 5 p.m.

Learn more about AYAC and apply to be a member >>