A Chipeta Elementary School student won first place in the 2012 Colorado Tar Wars poster contest. Colorado Springs School District 11 announced the accomplishment Tuesday.

Fifth-grader Wade Rahaman's poster, "Be Bright, Don’t Light," earned him a trip to the National Tar Wars Poster Contest Ceremony on July 17 in Washington, D.C.

Tar Wars is an education program that discourages tobacco use among students. After the end of a presentation, the students are encouraged to create posters that highlight the positive effects of not using tobacco. The program, established in 1988, is administered by the American Academy of Family Physicians and coordinated by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

Wade’s entry placed first among the winning posters chosen from 15 Colorado elementary schools. Entries were judged on artistry, creativity, originality and ability to communicate a clear and positive message about being tobacco-free.

In addition to recognizing poster contest winners, the Tar Wars National Conference allows students to voice their opinions about tobacco use and tobacco legislation to congressional leaders. Wade and his family will visit with Sen. Mark Udall to discuss support for anti-tobacco legislation for youth.