With a baby lying next to a graduation cap and diploma, Brian Giermek's teenage pregnancy prevention poster simply asks: "Which Do You Want to Carry?"
The South Park High School senior's work was selected earlier this month as the winner of the annual Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers' teenage pregnancy prevention program's "First Things First" poster contest.
More than 265 students in city schools submitted a record number of creative pro-education entries, which they either drew themselves or created on computers. The Buffalo Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services competition was held in the spring.
Brian's winning poster, for which he used computer clip art, will be plastered on buses, trains and a billboard near his school this fall. Next month, he will receive a $500 check, which he'll use for college expenses. He plans to study elementary education and be a walk-on for a professional baseball team.
Other top winners: Vanessa Rodriguez, a junior at Hutchinson-Central Technical High School, second place; Catherine Edgerton, a seventh-grader at Bennett Park Montessori, third place; Kandice Prentice, a 2001 graduate of South Park High School, fourth place; and Nicole Williams, a junior at Bennett High School, fifth place.