Prosecutor names Safety Kids Calendar winners
SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh recently announced the winners of the 2014 Safety Kids Calendar contest at an awards ceremony at the Akron-Summit County Main Library.
Of the 1,329 posters submitted, Tallmadge Middle School student Heather House’s entry was chosen as the grand-prize winner. House’s poster, which advises children to avoid gangs and to “be yourself, not someone else,” will be on the cover of the 2014 Safety Kids calendar.
Walsh, along with emcees Tim Daugherty from WONE-FM and Sue Wilson from WQMX-FM, presented the winners with congratulatory certificates and gift cards in front of an audience of family, friends, teachers and contest judges. The evening started with the presentation of the flag by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and an a cappella rendition of the national anthem by Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts students Kate Klika, Reyna Moran and Sabrina Reed.
“I am always impressed by the creativity, enthusiasm and hard work exhibited by these students,” said Walsh. “I’d like to thank all of the students who submitted a poster, as well as our judges, who had an extremely difficult task of selecting winners. I’d also like to thank Kate Klika, Reyna Moran and Sabrina Reed for their beautiful singing and the Sheriff’s Honor Guard for their flag presentation. Additionally, I’d like to thank the Akron-Summit County Public Library for hosting our awards ceremony every year, ClearChannel Outdoor for providing billboards, WBNX-TV for filming and airing our PSAs, Tim Daugherty and Sue Wilson for emceeing the ceremony and FASTSIGNS and Hudson Printing for creating the calendars and taking pictures tonight.”
Each of the first-place posters will be featured in the 2014 Safety Kids Calendar and on billboards throughout Summit County. The grand-prize and first-place winners and their posters also will be included in a public service announcement with Walsh that will air on WBNX-TV: The CW.
Winners in the West Side Leader’s coverage area included:
• Rule 1: Trust yourself! Don’t give in to peer pressure.
√ First place: Christina Whitehouse, eighth grade, St. Hilary School
• Rule 4: Never play with guns!
√ Third place: Erin Stock, sixth grade, St. Hilary School
• Rule 5: Don’t smoke!
√ Third place: Hope Spinner, eighth grade, St. Hilary School
• Rule 6: Safeguard your personal information online. Think twice before you post!
√ First place: Owen McDermott, sixth grade, St. Hilary School
• Rule 7: Don’t talk to or go with anyone you don’t know.
√ Second place: Madison Ray, eighth grade, Litchfield Middle School
• Rule 9: Never tell anyone you are home alone.
√ Honorable mention: Bridget Davenport, eighth grade, Litchfield Middle School
• Rule 10: Say NO to gangs!
√ First place: Sierra Shannon, eighth grade, St. Hilary School
• Rule 11: Stop bullies in their tracks. Always tell an adult.
√ Second place: Kelsey Juchnowski, seventh grade, Revere Middle School
√ Third place: Katie Bender, eighth grade, St. Hilary School
• Rule 12: Violence at home is never OK. Your home should be a safe place.
√ Third place: Adrianna Powers, St. Hilary School
√ Honorable mention: Katie Hathaway, seventh grade, Revere Middle School
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