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Students Recognized in Severe Weather Awareness Contest
Ohio Ag Connection - 08/09/2018

Addisyn Spencer, a second-grader in Cuyahoga County during the 2017-18 school year, was recognized at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, next to the Ohio State Fair, as the overall state winner in a statewide poster contest. Addisyn's poster on flood safety illustrates two people in a lifeboat with the message: FLOOD SAFETY -- If you're in distress, wear a life vest! SOS!

The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness chose Addisyn's poster as the most informative, accurate and creative out of the many posters received during its annual Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest.

As the overall state winner, Addisyn received a variety of awards and prizes from the committee and its partners, to include a check to go toward a $100 U.S. Treasury Direct savings bond, a letter of congratulations from Governor John R. Kasich, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, a smoke detector, a personalized trophy, a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) backpack and disaster supply kit, and a host of other prizes. Later in the fall, her school will receive an engraved "traveling" trophy to showcase for the remainder of the school year. In an effort to promote severe weather preparedness, the committee will feature Addisyn's poster throughout the year.

Six students, one from first through sixth grades, were announced as state-level winners and received prizes and awards, including checks to go toward $50 savings bonds, NOAA Weather Radios, smoke detectors and letters of congratulations from Gov. Kasich. They are: 1st Grader Vanshika Rajarapu of Wayne County; 2nd Grader Lane Paxson of Allen County; 3rd Grader Eden Dwier of Wayne County; 4th Grader Sarah Patchell of Brown County; 5th Grader Luke Stouffer of Paulding County; and 6th Grader Grace Draeger of Sandusky County.

This year, a total of 34 students from 18 Ohio counties were honored as regional winners. The students represented grades 1-6 from 20 schools. As regional winners, every student artist received a certificate from the National Weather Service and backpacks full of prizes from the offices and their partners that make up the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.

Since 1978, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness has conducted its annual poster contest. Since its inception, students have designed informative posters on severe weather safety and preparedness. The efforts of these students have helped the committee meet its overall goal -- to educate Ohioans about the actions they can take to protect themselves and others before, during and after severe weather occurs.

Names of the 38 regional, state and overall state winners

(*) Denotes state winners

(**) Denotes the overall state winner

1st Grade: Colt Cross, Jackson County; Vanshike Rajarapu*, Wayne County

2nd Grade: Lane Paxson*, Allen County; Zarek Ruiz, Franklin County; Yzabella Smith, Jackson County; Addisyn Spencer**, Cuyahoga County

3rd Grade: Abigail Cain, Muskingum County; Carter Chupka, Licking County; Eden Dwier*, Wayne County; James McDaniel, Jackson County; Elise Tracy, Brown County

4th Grade: Zoe Browning, Muskingum County; Isabelle Dennis, Portage County; Maria Franks, Wayne County; Justice Healy, Henry County; Gaurinanda Lekshmi, Franklin County; Ava Moore, Jackson County; Sarah Patchell*, Brown County; Elias Wright, Ottawa County

5th Grade: Divyagna Abburi, Franklin County; Kyra Dansby, Muskingum County; Jake Hollingstead, Jackson County; Kaylee Houghtlen, Huron County; Brooke Lansing, Scioto County; Dominic Sheridan, Stark County; Lucke Stouffer*, Paulding County; Luciana Vigliotti, Mahoning County

6th Grade: Grace Draeger*, Sandusky County; Jazmin Eckert, Jackson County; Helen Faur, Mahoning County; Camaya Lee, Muskingum County; Ishara Mason, Paulding County; Clarke McGaughey, Pike County; Mikayla McInnes, Stark County

All posters will be available to view, Monday, Aug. 6, on the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness Web site: www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.

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