Pictured from left to right:  Barb Harpster (Media Consultant, Altoona Mirror), Joe Meadows (Partner, The Meadows Original Frozen Custard of Hollidaysburg), Deidre “Charles” Dantos (Essay Contest Winner), Fred Imler Jr. (President, Imler’s Poultry)

Congratulations to Deidre “Charles” Dantos, an 8th grader at Altoona Area Junior High School, whose essay was chosen out of 69 entries as the winner of the Altoona Mirror and Operation Our Town Essay Contest!

The winner received $250 in gift cards to The Meadows Original Frozen Custard in Hollidaysburg.  Co-sponsors of the Essay Contest were the Altoona Mirror, Imler’s Poultry, and The Meadows Original Frozen Custard in Hollidaysburg.

Click on the link below to view the winning essay on why people give in to peer pressure from those who use drugs and some of the best ways to avoid giving in to peer pressure:

2021 Winning Essay