Marin’s theme was chosen because it best describes how all of us must do our individual parts to keep our communities safe, healthy and drug free. All segments of the community -- health care workers, police officers, educators, school bus drivers, parents… people just like you and me, are examples of what we can achieve through self-dedication, care and commitment. The theme encourages everyone to use their voice to make a difference no matter who they are, where they’re from or what they do. The possibilities are endless when we work together!
“I was so surprised to hear the news that my theme won, and I'm very excited,” said Marin. “Being drug free is important to me because I want to stay healthy and have a good life. I'm proud that Drug-Free looks like me!”
NFP organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in response to the murder of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. After his murder, parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs in America. The theme contest is just one way NFP brings awareness to the community.
When not in school, Marin spends her free time playing soccer, making clay figurines, sketching, painting and playing video games. She also wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Her message to other young people is to, “Always be yourself.”
Theme submissions are accepted January 1 through December 4 and winners of the contest receive $500 in Ribbon Week themed merchandise courtesy of Nimco, Inc. Learn how to submit your 2022 Theme suggestion by clicking here: www.redribbon.org/theme/contest/