Scioto County is on fire, with winning fire prevention posters that is.
Not just one, but three students in elementary school have won the State Fire Poster Contest this year in Scioto County. Anika Willis is in the second grade at Wheelersburg Elementary School. She is the third student in Scioto County to win the State of Ohio Fire Poster award. The Daily Times previously reported on the other two.
State Fire Prevention Officer, Paul Martin attended an assembly Friday to give Willis her winning ribbon.
Also in attendance were two members of the Porter Township Fire Department, Chief Dean Hoover and Firefighter Supervisor Everett Hatfield.
Willis’ award-winning poster displayed smoking rising into the air. Willis explained she knew smoke went up in a fire, so that is why she drew her poster of a girl crawling out of her house and with the words “Crawl Under Smoke.”
Willis’ parents, Ryan and Kara Willis, along with one of her grandmothers, were in attendance of an assembly that honored her for winning the poster contest.
Martin shared at the assembly there are only 12 winners in the entire state and for Willis to be one of those, was outstanding. There were two other winners from Notre Dame Elementary whose stories were in Tuesday’s Portsmouth Daily Times and Martin had said then how great it was that a total of three elementary students from Scioto County had won this year.
Willis said that she was excited to win the ribbon and when asked what she would do with it, she said that she would probably hang it up in her room. Willis has all brothers and her youngest brother; Mac was there to watch her get her ribbon.
Mrs. Betty Green, Visual Arts’ teacher at Wheelersburg Elementary K-4, was with Anika and her family when Willis received the award. The posters are usually drawn during art classes.
Last year, the state poster winners had their posters displayed at the Ohio State Fair and Willis’ poster should be displayed this year, along with the other two young ladies from Scioto County.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740)353-3101 ext. 1928
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