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Sarah Cockerill’s radon poster placed first in Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department’s radon poster contest in the age 13-14 division. 

PCS places five in radon poster contest

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) recently announced their ninth annual local radon poster contest winners.  

This year’s contest included three age groups and was open to kids ages of 9-14 years old.

Alyssa Briggs and Dayami Ruiz placed second and third respectively in the 11-12 year old division. 

Sarah Cockerill, Mackayla Wallin and Sophia Perez claimed first, second and third respectively in the 13-14 year old division. 

“The radon poster contest encourages students to learn more about radon and its health effects, “explains Myra Stoney, Director.  “It is fun to see the new poster designs each year produced by the students.”

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.   It is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that enters homes and buildings 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). Increasing the number of homes with an operating radon mitigation system for persons living in homes at risk for radon exposure is another way to reduce cancer risk.

Photos of top posters can be found at www.swhealth.ne.gov or on the SWNPHD Facebook and Twitter pages.  

SWNPHD is located at 404 West 10th Street in McCook and 501 Broadway in Imperial. 

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