Three Portsmouth Middle School seventh-graders were named the winners of the state Liquor Commission Division of Enforcement’s annual alcohol awareness poster contest.

A small cruiser parade was held on Friday for Clara Daw, Ella Freeman and Claire Alip on the front steps of the middle school.

They were greeted by NHLC Enforcement officers in cruisers and the Mobile Outreach Unit vehicle. Enforcement officers and the "InvestiGator" mascot presented the students with prize packages and copies of their winning posters.

Each year, the Division of Enforcement holds a statewide poster contest designed to empower students on the topic of alcohol awareness through art. The competition allows students to develop visual concepts on any topic pertaining to alcohol awareness and safety, and to send peers a positive message.

The competition is open to all New Hampshire students kindergarten through 12th grade, and winning posters are be utilized as official alcohol awareness posters and displayed at NHLC’s Division of Enforcement and Licensing offices and in stores.

"Even with social distancing measures in place, we were determined to properly honor this year’s group of winners, who did a fantastic job of showcasing their creative talents in a way that educates their fellow classmates and the public of the risks associated with irresponsible alcohol consumption," said Mark Armaganian, director of the NHLC Division of Enforcement and Licensing. "We congratulate Claire, Ella and Clara, and look forward to displaying their posters to promote alcohol awareness for all to see."