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One out of every two homes tested in Nebraska has a high radon level.

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has announced their fifth annual local radon poster contest winners.    
“Congratulations to the 255 outstanding students that entered our radon poster contest,” said Denise Ringenberg, health educator.  “These were some of the best quality in our history.  We appreciate the talented students and dedicated teachers from seven different schools that created these excellent posters.”
Judges selected the following posters in this highly competitive contest:
Contest Winners
First place–Megan Hodgson–fifth grade–McCook Central Elementary School.
Second place–Analise Hernandez–fifth grade–McCook Central Elementary School.
Third place–Kora Keslin–fifth grade–McCook Central Elementary School.
Fourth place–Emily Kjendal–fifth grade–McCook Central Elementary School.
Fifth place–Aryn Seiler–seventh grade–Perkins County Middle School.
Honorable Mention
Hannah Whitson–fourth grade–Arapahoe Elementary School
Lexi Hauxwell, Emma Kehler, Thomas Richards and isiah Wiemers–fifth grade–McCook Central Elementary School.
Michael Beck, Mia holscher, Nathan Kemling–eighth grade;  Emma Schrotberger, Morgan Turner­–seventh grade–Perkins County Middle School.
Bryson Warner–fourth grade–Southern Valley Schools.
Posters will be displayed in the windows of McCook Abstract at 318 Norris Avenue through the month of November, except the top three posters which were sent to the state contest.      
The goal of the poster 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).