“Youth ages nine to 14 who live within the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department district are eligible to participate,” explains Denise Ringenberg, health educator.
These counties include: Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Perkins and Red Willow. Four top winning posters are selected and forwarded on to the Nebraska state competition.
“Prizes are awarded to encourage youth participation. This year’s prizes include a bicycle, $75 sports gift card, a bowling party for five and a mystery prize,” states Ringenberg.
Every participant will receive recognition.
Myra Stoney, director, Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department led the radon contest in 2011 that had 240 posters entered.
“We were very proud that our local winner, Claire Maaliao, a seventh grader at Perkins County Middle School was the second place winner at State,” declares Stoney. “We liked her poster so well that we used it in our Radon marketing materials.”
The goal of the contest is to raise awareness about the dangers of radon. As the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, radon is not well known.
It is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that enters homes and buildings through the soil and cannot be detected unless it is tested.
In Nebraska, one out of every two homes tested has a high radon level (above 4.0 pCi/L).
Posters deadline is Oct. 17. For artwork submission forms, poster contest criteria and national information send an email to
or call Denise Ringenberg at 308-345-4223.