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Wayne and Cabell counties draw winners in Fire Safety Poster Contest

October 25, 2018

CHARLESTON — Nearly 150 West Virginia schoolchildren submitted artwork for the State Fire Marshal’s third annual Fire Safety Poster Contest, with a dozen of the students winning spots in a 2019 wall calendar that will be distributed statewide, two of those winning spots were given to students from local schools.

Easton Kramerick, a kindergartner at Wayne Elementary School in Wayne County, submitted the top entry. The judges selected his poster art for the calendar’s cover as well as for October, during which National Fire Prevention Week takes place. Kindergartner Jonah Stump, from Meadows Elementary in Cabell County, received an honorable mention and will also be featured in next year’s calendar.

Sponsored by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the poster contest encourages all West Virginia students in kindergarten through fifth grade to submit their own fire safety message-themed posters. The contest continues to draw in more students, with the number of participants increasing to 148 students, up from 108 entries in 2017.

“With this being the third year for this contest, I’m so pleased with this opportunity to see the artistic talent and learned knowledge of the students who’ve participated, State Fire Marshall Ken Tyree said. “Student participation again has increased. I thank all who have encouraged and supported our fire safety awareness effort.”

According to a press release, Tyree will be making visits to each of the winners at their respective schools “in the near future.”