It is great when a local student wins in the state fire poster contest, but it is even more special when two local students win.
That’s exactly what happened this year as two students from Notre Dame Elementary won the state fire poster contest in their individual age groups. The two young ladies were even honored with an assembly at their school, just to congratulate them for winning.
Finley Noel and Kailee Ogier each were honored at their schools with their own assembly for their age group. Noel won in the kindergarten to third grade age group and Ogier won in the fourth to sixth grade age group. State Fire Prevention Officer, Paul Martin and Michael Sines the Fire Prevention Officer for the City of Portsmouth were present and offered each young lady their congratulations.
Martin said that each of the girls not only had creative posters, but they each had a message that the judges liked. Martin really wanted to convey that not only was it unusual to have two winners in Scioto County, but two winners from the same school was as he put it, “a big deal.”
“Usually to have one winner in your school when there are only 12 for the entire state is good, so the fact that we had two in one school is pretty astounding,” Martin said. “Sines and I were there together and passed out the awards and the girls’ mothers were present at the assembly to see their kids get the awards.”
Martin believes that the messages the girls had on their posters was what made them winners.
“Finley’s message was to know two ways out of your home and have a meeting place. So, when I talked to the kids about her poster, I went over making sure we have a meeting place and have two ways out,” Martin said. “I told the kids that they all had homework for their parents from the State Fire Marshal. You guys all get to go home and give your parents homework from the State Fire Marshall for making a meeting place and two ways out and you guys have to make sure your parents test your smoke alarms tonight.”
Martin shared with the students that each child needs to make sure they hear the smoke alarms and get a meeting place where the whole family will meet and know where it is at.
Martin then spoke of the older group with Ogier’s poster,
“Kailee’s poster’s message was ‘Get out and stay out!’ So, we went over the get out and stay out thing with the kids and I basically said that if you have a fire in your home get out and don’t go back in for toys or animals or anything, once we’re out, stay out,” Martin said.
Martin added again that two winners from the same tiny school in their age groups says a lot about these girls and the messages that they came up with for the posters is impressive.
Last year, the State Poster Winners had their posters displayed at the Ohio State Fair and these posters should be displayed there this year. There will be an upcoming story in a few weeks for another winner at Wheelersburg that will make a total of three winners in Scioto County.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740)353-3101 ext. 1928
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