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Morris County teen takes home second place in Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s substance use prevention music competition

NEW JERSEY – A Morris County teen used her musical talent to win second place in the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Your Song! Your Voice! music competition.

Jordan “Swizzy” Wilson, of Lawrence High School in Mercer County, won first place for his original song, “Intervention Intentions”. Tina LaRosa, of Hanover Park High School in Morris County, earned second place for her original song, “Wasted’. Matthew DiTizio, of Egg Harbor Township High School in Atlantic County, took home third place for his song, “Revealed”.

In its 19th year, the Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs New Jersey competition is designed on the premise of music’s ability to sway and move people.  It challenges New Jersey high school students to be peer leaders and take a stand against substance abuse and misuse by creating original music and lyrics with substance use prevention messages.

“These talented New Jersey high school students are true leaders – creatively sharing important substance use prevention messages with their peers,” said PDFNJ’s Director of Opioid Response Angela Conover. “Each of the participants should be commended for their creativity, musical talent and resolve to use their talent to spread important prevention messages.”

The concert aired on, and featured the musical performances of 27 finalists comprised of 21 solo artists and groups from throughout the state.

The winners were chosen by a panel of independent judges, as well as online voting. The contestant who received the largest amount of online votes, was Leela Kumar of Howell High School in Monmouth County.  The contest website featured a profile of each musical act, and the public was able to vote for their favorite songs.

The first-place winner received a music contract worth $5,000. Second- and third-place winners earned $3,000 and $2,000 music contracts, respectively. The winning students will perform their original songs at statewide events throughout the next year.

To listen to a recording of the Prevention Concert Audio Show, visit

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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