For release on July 25, 2016   CONTACT:
Terry Harman
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(408) 792-2826   SAN JOSE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS DA’S “JUSTICE FOR ALL” POSTER CONTEST  

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  A 16-year-old Abraham Lincoln High junior has been awarded the annual District Attorney’s “Justice for All” art award, winning $1,000 for her water-colored design displaying the trauma of “virtual bullets”.   Jessica Jones’ poster will be used in a county-wide campaign against the risks and dangers of social media. Jones and the other winners were presented with their awards by District Attorney Jeff Rosen today at 12 Noon in the Santa Clara County Building’s breezeway at 70 West Hedding St. in San Jose.   The winning posters left a lasting impression with District Attorney Jeff Rosen.   “Today I think of the tragedy of Audrie Pott,” District Attorney Rosen said. “I wish that she had felt – as I do – the profound power and empathy of all of these excellent art works.”
 
Anthony Nguyen, a 17-year-old Andrew Hill High (San Jose) student, won $500 for his black-and-gray image comparing the dangers of social media to smoking. Sabrina Tian, a 15-year-old Presentation High (San Jose) sophomore, won $300 for her poster of a young girl trapped in her phone.   Jones warned her peers to be careful because internet users have the ability to hide behind the anonymity of a computer screen.   “I would like to encourage people to contemplate the pain that they are causing others even though they cannot see the immediate effects since it is through social media,” she said. “People need to think before they post anything and be sure that it will not lead to hurting others.”   The “Justice for All” poster contest, open to all local high school students, is an annual event to raise awareness on a particular topic. The focus of this year’s contest was the dangers of social media.   The county-approved money used to fund the awards came from the District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture funds – illegal proceeds confiscated from criminals, such as drug dealers.
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