State rep joins fight against underage drinking

Released by the Office of State Representative Tommy Merritt:

LONGVIEW, TX - Representative Tommy Merritt is teaming up with the Texas Hospitality Association (THA) to fight underage drinking and to promote alcohol responsibility through a statewide poster contest that will award a 2010 high school graduating senior a $5,000 education scholarship.

THA will award a $5,000 scholarship to the Texas high school senior who designs and submits the best poster conveying the message or theme: "If you are under 21, it's illegal to consume or purchase alcoholic beverages in Texas."  The winning poster will be distributed statewide to Texas establishments selling or serving alcohol.

Rep. Merritt stated, "It always important to promote alcohol awareness among our youth and especially during prom and graduation time.  Texas seniors should take this opportunity to educate their peers and set an example for all to follow."

The contest is open to all 2010 Texas high school seniors.  Artwork must be an original design and may be computer or electronically generated, hand drawn or photographed.  Students have until May 14th to submit their poster to THA.  The winner will be determined by a vote of each Texas House of Representatives office.  For complete details go to:

Rep. Merritt is Chairman of the House Committee on Public Safety and serves on the House Committees on Transportation, Local & Consent Calendars, Redistricting, and Select Committee on Federal Legislation.   He represents Gregg County and northern Smith County including Winona, Lindale and Hideaway Lake.