Local teens recognized for creative teen advocacy efforts

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Nine area teens were recognized for their leadership skills in teen advocacy at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park Friday.

Hundreds of high school students from the region joined the Expressions Challenge movement, using artistic skills to discuss tough topics that affect their peers.  The top 30 submissions from each category are judged by a panel of health experts and stellar artists. The winners each went home with $2,000.

The challenge is to motivate teens to voice their opinion on topics such as self-esteem, teen pregnancy, STD prevention, and sexual responsibility awareness. The contest can be found in both St. Louis and Chicago.

FOX 2's Bonita Cornute emceed the event and helped hand out the money to area teens.

The Walgreens Expressions Challenge has awarded over $156,000 in cash and prizes to students, teachers, schools, and organizations.

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