The 2012 "Be SunWise and Play Sun Smart" poster-drawing contest winner Aksel Laudon and his teacher Jeffrey GarrettAksel Laudon, a 6th-grade student at Kyrene Centennial Middle School in Phoenix, is this year’s “Be SunWise and Play Sun Smart” poster-drawing contest winner. Aksel’s drawing was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks from more than 7,000 student poster entries.  Aksel and his teacher Jeffrey Garrett, and their families will be celebrated at the June 5 DBacks game in a pre-game award ceremony on the Jumbotron. Aksel’s drawing will be featured as the SunWise Sun Safety Program’s 2012 campaign poster. All 7000+ entrants received a personalized certificate of recognition and there were 50 semifinalists: 50 semi-finalists

Thanks to partners: the DBacks, and Virginia Warren and Lynn Benish in our Health Systems Development shop for the database, personnel, and upcoming printing of 10,000 posters.  Aksel’s drawing will be sent to schools and organizations throughout Arizona.  Also a thanks to Smoke-free Arizona’s Thom Wilson for creating the SunWise operating database. Visit: to learn more about sun safety.