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Nine Kentucky students honored for work in 2018 Public Service Recognition Week poster contest

Nine of the Commonwealth’s most talented young artists were honored in Frankfort Monday for their work in the 2018 Public Service Recognition Week poster contest winners.

During a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion, Gov. Matt Bevin and Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas Stephens praised the talent and creativity of the winners.

“More than 1,300 students representing 86 schools from across Kentucky participated in this year’s contest,” said Gov. Bevin. “The students created incredible artwork that truly honors the important work of public employees and captures the spirit of the contest theme: Great People Doing Great Jobs. Throughout our state, we have remarkable public employees that work tirelessly on behalf of Kentuckians, and we are grateful for their service.”

The contest is part of Public Service Recognition Week in Kentucky, being held April 22-28. A national celebration that began in 1985, the week is set aside to honor the men and women who serve as federal, state, county and local government employees.

“Our team always looks forward to seeing the interpretive creations,” said Stephens. “We appreciate the schools participating, supporting our young artists as well as our public servants.”

Activities and events that recognize public employees are planned throughout the week, including the Governor’s Ambassador Awards ceremony, planned for Friday, April 27 at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort. This annual event showcases state employees who positively impact the lives of others. Awards are presented in the areas of customer service, courage, leadership, professional achievement, teamwork, or community service and volunteerism.

The 2018 poster contest winners include:

Rhianna Greer, first place winner in the 6-9 age group

Age group: 6-9
First Place: Rhianna Greer – Heritage Elementary School
Second Place: Sydney Dudash – Northern Elementary School
Third Place: Teagen Yurjevich – Bonnieville Elementary School


Anna Kate Alexander, first place winner in the 10-13 age group, accepts her award from Governor Bevin

Age group: 10-13
First Place: Anna Kate Alexander – Red Cross Elementary School
Second Place: Chanaeya Beatty – Lexington Traditional Magnet School
Third Place: Elijah Wentz – Southside Elementary School


Jenna Humphries, first place winner in the 14-17 age group

Age group: 14-18
First Place: Jenna Humphries – Christian County High School
Second Place: Eh Kler Paw – Owensboro High School
Third Place: Jessica Hurrington – Ramsey Middle School


Visit the Personnel Cabinet’s website at personnel.ky.gov to view the artwork of the poster contest winners and for additional information on Public Service Recognition Week.

From Kentucky Personnel Cabinet

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