Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) announces its winners for the 2011 Radon Poster Contest. The local winners will advance to the Nebraska Poster Contest to compete in the state competition, and a chance to win a trip to Washington DC as national winner.
Claire Maaliao, a seventh grader at Perkins County Middle School in Madrid was selected as the first place winner with her poster “Radon.” She received a 26-inch mountain bike.
Zane Walker, a fifth grader at Central Elementary - McCook, took second place for his poster “What is Radon,” and received a Nintendo DS.
A poster titled “Radon Kills” by Rosemarie Stoney, a fifth grader at Central Elementary - McCook took third place honors. She received an Ipod Shuffle.
A total of 240 posters were submitted for this year’s contest. Students participating were from Arapahoe Public Schools, Stratton Elementary School, Hayes Center Elementary School, Wauneta/Palisade Public Schools, Southern Valley Elementary School, Perkins County Middle School and Central Elementary of McCook.
“This is the most entries we have received for the local contest,” said Myra Stoney, Director at Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. “We have sponsored the local contest for three years. In addition to the top three prize winners, we recognized an additional seven students with an honorable mention category. This is the first year we have had the honorable mention category.”
Honorable mention students include: Natalie Grace Boyd, Stratton Elementary; Noah Anderson, Andras Brayton, Tyler Thelander, Mitchell Sestak from Perkins County Middle School; and Skyla Henning and Arianna VanPelt from Central Elementary, McCook.
The goal of the contest is to raise awareness about the dangers of radon. Radon gas is cancer-causing, radioactive gas. It is undetectable to human senses (sight, taste, or smell).
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths each year. In Nebraska, one out of every two homes tested has high radon level (above 4.0 pCi/L.) SWNPHD has additional information about radon which can be mailed upon request.