Photo: Lindsey Knight, AIM Community Engagement Manager, and Tyller Williamson, Monterey City Councilmember, with one of our Ad Contest winners, Jeanette Vasquez, an 11th grader from Marina High School.
Thank you to all of the more than 400 students who joined our movement by designing an Ad to raise awareness for youth mental health! We were so impressed by the creativity and courage they put into their work.
We showcased all the entries during two exhibits and receptions, one held at the Carmel Sunset Cultural Center on October 24, 2019 and the other at the CSUMB Salinas City Center on March 12, 2020. The winners were honored at these community events, where we heard from local leaders and the winning students on the importance of mental health and how to support the mental and emotional well-being of our community’s youth.
Scroll down to see the winners from the 2019 AIM for Awareness Ad Contest below.
Learn about our 2020 Ad Contest here.
Overall Middle School Winner: Lily Zhai, Grade 8, Irvine, California
1st in Middle School Traditional Category: Madison Castillo, Grade 8, Bolsa Knolls Middle School, Salinas, California
1st in Middle School Digital Category: Nico Pezzini, Grade 7, Palma School in Salinas, California
2nd in Middle School Traditional Category: Miguel Soto, Grade 7, Gavilan View Middle School, Salinas, California
2nd in Middle School Digital Category: Mersais Castillo, Grade 7, Gavilan View Middle School, Salinas, California
3rd in Middle School Traditional Category: Amaiyah Delrosario, Grade 6, Walter Colton Middle School, Monterey, California
3rd in Middle School Digital Category: Alexandra Barouty, Grade 8, San Benancio Middle School, Salinas, California
Overall High School Winner: Yvone Cortes, Grade 12, Salinas High School, California
1st in High School Traditional Category: Sara Cortes, Grade 8, Marina High School, California
1st in High School Digital Category: Layla Coming, Grade 11, Carmel High School, California
2nd in High School Traditional Category: Jeanette Vasquez, Grade 11, Marina High School, California
2nd in High School Digital Category: Trey Houghton, Grade 9, Palma School, Salinas, California
3rd in High School Traditional Category: Joy Song, Grade 10, Lynbrook High School, San Jose, California
3rd in High School Digital Category: Lina Chihoub, Grade 11, Lawrence High School, New Jersey
Overall Winner for the entire Student Ad Contest: Ceora Minor-Arredondo, Grade 11, Marina High School, California
Our Event Sponsors
Carmel Sunset Rotary Club
Monterey Cannery Row Rotary Club
Monterey Pacific Rotary Club
Carmel by the Sea Rotary Club
Santa Lucia Rotary Club
Rotarian Joe Grebmeier from King City Rotary
Nielsen Brothers Market
Monterey Coast Realty
Paulette Lynch & Your Development Solutions
Mike Buffo & House of 8 Media
Skylar Jackson (2018 Overall Winner)
Ashley Bennett Stoddard
Dr. Deneen Guss, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools
Tyller Williamson, Monterey City Councilmember
Skylar Jackson, 2018 Honoree
Paulette Lynch, President, Carmel Sunset Rotary
Jose Arreola, City of Salinas Community Safety Coordinator
Dr. Roberto Nunez, Monterey County Office of Education
Ceora Minor-Arredonda, Marina High School 11th Grader, Overall Winner of the 2019 Ad Contest
Yvone Cortes, Salinas High School 12th Grader, Overall High School Winner of the 2019 Ad Contest