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Adopt-a-Highway poster contest sparks awareness and creativity from students


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1st place poster in the 15-17 age category by Nicole Giesbers from Williamstown Independent Schools, Grant County (Photo provided)

 
Most of them may not be able to drive yet, but students ages 6 to 17 showed that they care about the highways across the state.
 
Students from Williamstown Independent Schools in Grant County, Drakes Creek Middle School in Warren County, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Boone County and Simpson Elementary in Simpson Countytook first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 2014 Adopt-a-Highway poster contest.
 
“The purpose of the contest is to increase environmental awareness among children,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “We hope to educate our young people about the damaging effects of litter, and to change attitudes and behaviors about littering.”
 
The first-place winner in each of four categories receives a $100 gift card, while second-, and third-place winners each receive a $50 gift card. All the winners receive framed prints of their posters. Awards were presented at a luncheon ceremony today at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.
 
The winners are:
 
6-8 age category
1st place – Sarah Maloney from Simpson Elementary, Simpson County
2nd place – Kason Wright from Joe Harrison Carter Elementary, Monroe County
3rd place – Emily Ratliff from Bourbon Central Elementary, Bourbon County
 
9-11 age category
1st place – Aiden Holten from Immaculate Heart of Mary, Boone County
2nd place – Unyanee Rueangsaen from Natcher Elementary, Warren County
3rd place – Gabby Poynter from East Bernstadt Independent, Laurel County
 
12-14 age category
1st place – Keiko Nishijima from Drakes Creek Middle School, Warren County
2nd place – Paige Turner from Camp Ernst Middle School, Boone County
3rd place – Taylor Davidson from Barren County Middle School, Barren County
 
15-17 age category
1st place – Nicole Giesbers from Williamstown Independent Schools, Grant County
2nd place – Samantha Hurley from Williamstown Independent Schools, Grant County
3rd place – Tyler Danielle Hickman from Corbin High School, Whitley County
 
The Transportation Cabinet received 2,593 Adopt-a-Highway poster contest entries from students throughout the Commonwealth. Calendars featuring the winners’ posters will be provided to all the winners and their classrooms.
 
Secretary Hancock headed the team of judges, which included Kentucky State University associate professor of art John Bator, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Public Affairs executive director Chuck Wolfe, KYTC graphics designer Jeremy Wooldridge and Margaret Romine, Adopt-a-Highway state coordinator. Judges did not know the identities of the artists or their schools.
 
“With so many excellent posters this year and a tremendous amount of entries submitted, it was really hard to judge,” Secretary Hancock said. “We appreciate all the hard work and effort the students put into their posters. Every entry is a winner.”
 
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet urges students and teachers to get an early start on the 2014 poster contest. The cabinet will begin accepting entries March 1, 2015. The entries will close on Sept. 30, 2015.
 

Sarah

1st place poster in the 6-8 age category by Sarah Maloney from Simpson Elementary, Simpson County (Photo provided)

 

aiden

1st place poster in the 9-11 age category by Aiden Holten from Immaculate Heart of Mary, Boone County (Photo provided)

 

Keiko

1st place poster in the 12-14 age category by Keiko Nishijima from Drakes Creek Middle School, Warren County (Photo provided)

 
From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet


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