2013 Radon Poster Contest Winners Announced
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program has announced the winners of the 2013 Nevada Radon Poster Contest.
Ivory Tuyet Nguyen Rok, an 8th grade student at Mendive Middle School in Sparks, is the 1st place winner, with her poster, “Night of the Living Radon.” Rok wins the $80 prize, and her teacher, Julie Steiner, wins the $100 prize award for classroom supplies.
Dante Gonzalez, a 5th grader at Kirk L. Adams Elementary in Las Vegas, is the 2nd place winner, with his poster, “The Detector Saves Another Family from Radon.” Gonzalez wins the $60 prize, and his teacher, Nicole Carter, will receive $75 for classroom supplies.
The 3rd place winner is Carolena McGrapth, a 7th grader from Pine Middle School in Reno, with her poster, “Ignorance Isn’t Bliss.” McGrapth wins $40, and her teacher, Laura Dale, wins $50 in classroom supplies.
The 4th place winner is Brianna Solis, a 5th grader at Kirk L. Adams Elementary in Las Vegas, with her poster, “Caution.” She wins a $20 prize award.
There was a tie for fifth place, with Favion Williams, an 8th grader at Cowan Academic Center in Las Vegas, and Michael Connors, an 8th grader at Mendive Middle School. A $20 prize will be awarded for Williams’ poster, “Get Tested for Radon Before It’s Too Late,” and Connors’ poster, “The Dangers of Radon.”
A special awards ceremony for Reno area students and teachers will take place at the end of the radon presentation on Jan. 3, at 6 p.m., at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension building, 4955 Energy Way. Pierron Tackes, a representative of the Office of Governor Brian Sandoval will also be in attendance and will present certificates from Gov. Sandoval to the contest winners. She will also present a proclamation declaring January as National Radon Action Month.
The Las Vegas Awards Ceremony will be held Jan. 16, at 4:30 p.m., at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Rd. The winners will receive their participation certificates, as well as the governor’s certificate, and award checks. The winning teachers will also receive their award checks at the ceremony.
This is the fourth year that the Nevada Radon Education Program has participated in the Radon Poster Contest that is open to children, ages 9 to 14. The goal of the contest is to raise awareness of the harmful effects of elevated levels of indoor radon gas in homes.
This year’s contest had 50 entries from schools and organizations across the state. Schools represented were Mendive Middle School in Sparks; Kirk L. Adams Elementary and Cowan Academic Center in Las Vegas; Cram Middle School in North Las Vegas; Pine Middle School in Reno; 4-H Camp; and Incline Village Middle School.
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.” Posters were judged on content accuracy of the information presented in the poster, as well as the visual communication of the topic and originality. Voting took place by several methods this year, including “Likes” on the Nevada Radon Education’s Facebook page, by polling the radon program county offices, and representatives from the Nevada State Health Division’s Radiation Control Program.
The top three Nevada posters were also entered into the national poster contest, sponsored by Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The first, second and third place national contest winners, as well as a special online winner, receive cash prizes.