NIDA, MusiCares, GRAMMY Foundation Announce Teen Music Contest Winners

November 15, 2010 -- 1:54 pm PST

Three original music compositions that focus on personal experience living around drugs were the winners of the MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation Teen Substance Abuse Awareness through Music Contest.

The first-place winners are Daevion Caves, an 18-year-old junior, and Jordan Atkins, a 16-year-old sophomore — both students at Alton High School in Alton, Ill. Second place goes to Markeist "Ghost" Jones, a 15-year-old sophomore from Plantation High School in Plantation, Fla. The third place distinction goes to Vera Marquardt, a 17-year-old in recovery at the Phoenix House Academy in Los Angeles. Also of note are the six runners-up in the contest: Jazmin Copeland, Sam Davis, Derek Hoggard, Jessica Johnson, Christian Pearson, and Lauren Vollaire.

The music contest was created to celebrate National Drug Facts Week, a seven-day observance launched this week by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Sponsored by MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation, the contest was open to teens ages 14–18. Entrants were asked to compose or create an original song and/or music video that explores, encourages, and celebrates a healthy lifestyle or accurately depicts a story about drug abuse. Composers of all three winning entries will have the opportunity to attend a 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards "Backstage Experience," a special backstage tour while artists rehearse for the live GRAMMY Awards show on Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Listen to the winning entries.