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2011 Radon Poster Contest winners announced

Posted 12/28/2010

Schools from all 50 states, U.S. territories, tribal nations and the Department of Defense participated in the 2011 National Radon Awareness poster contest. Each year, the Nevada Radon Education Program Team encourages students, ages 9-14, to create a radon awareness poster.

This year, 54 posters were entered from three counties in Nevada. Judges selected winners and runners-up in each category. Nevada’s top three Radon Poster Contest winners were: first place, Alexandra Resney, a homeschooled student from Gardnerville; second place, Melissa Liang; and third place, Cade Walley, both from Hyde Park Middle School in Las Vegas. The top three Nevada posters were sent to the national contest, sponsored by Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Poster entrants chose from five poster topics: What is radon? Where does radon come from? How does radon get into our homes? Radon can cause lung cancer and Test your home for radon. Radon, a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas, can cause lung cancer. The U.S. Surgeon General lists it as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. This radioactive element moves through the ground to the surface and can easily enter homes and buildings. There is no way to detect whether radon is present except by testing.

The two southern Nevada poster contest winners will be presented with a $25 incentive prize and a certificate of participation on Monday, Jan. 10, at 4:30 p.m., at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s office located at 8050 Paradise Road, LV 89123. The public is invited to attend the presentation.

The goal of the poster contest was to raise awareness of the harmful effects of elevated levels of indoor radon gas. The solution is to reduce the number of homes with elevated levels of radon. This contest was designed to raise awareness for radon testing and inform people of the danger of radon in their homes.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from the University - and other land-grant universities - to local communities. Educational programs are developed based on local needs, sometimes in partnership with other agencies and volunteers. For more information about University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at .

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