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Office of the State Fire Marshal
RE: Fire Safety Poster Contest
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216

Kelly Ingold
785-291-3586
kelly.ingold@ks.gov

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Annual Fire Safety Poster Contest

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Announcing this year's winners!


Poster Contest Poster

Students from across the state recently put their creative talents to work to help spread the message about the importance of smoke alarms and fire safety by participating in the Fire Safety Poster contest conducted annually by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The agency is delighted to announce the winners of this contest who will be honored by Governor Brownback and State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen at a ceremony in the Governor’s office on February 17.

The winning posters, along with those earning Honorable Mention recognition, will be featured on a display in the Capitol Building rotunda, and are now on the FireMarshal.ks.gov website and printed in the 2017 Fire Safety Calendar.

The competition kicked off in October in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. The poster contest is designed to support the fire safety education efforts of local fire departments.

“Teaching fire safety to our youngest learners in Kansas is critical to promoting a safer Kansas for the future,” said State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen. “We very much appreciate the efforts of all students who participated, and the schools and teachers who recognize the importance of ensuring their students know about this important subject.”

Schools across Kansas encouraged participation from their students, who demonstrated their knowledge of fire safety that they have learned in school or at home. A few of the poster themes included the importance of working smoke alarms, replacing smoke alarms that are more than ten years old, having a fire escape plan with a designated meeting place, getting out of a burning structure quickly, and the dangers of playing with fire.

The Poster Contest was divided into three categories: Kindergarten through Second Grade, Third and Fourth Grades, and Fifth and Sixth Grades.

Earning the top spot in the 5th-6th Grade Category is Reese Brittain, a fifth grade student at Wolf Creek Elementary in Spring Hill. The winner of the 3rd-4th Grade Category is Landon Williams, a 4th grade student at West Franklin Elementary in Pomona. The winner of the Kindergarten-2nd Grade Category is Crestan Schwein, a 2nd grade student at Colwich Elementary in Colwich.

Several students’ entries are being recognized as “Honorable Mentions” and their posters are also featured in the annual Fire Safety Calendar along with the winners. Students earning Honorable Mention include:

  • Viktoria Collins, 1st Grade, Medicine Lodge Grade School, Medicine Lodge, Kansas
  • Sophie Fehrenbach, 2nd Grade, Tonganoxie Elementary, Tonganoxie, Kansas
  • Bennett Jacobs, 2nd Grade, Ellinwood Grade School, Ellinwood, Kansas
  • Drake Loveall, 3rd Grade, Gridley Elementary, Gridley, Kansas
  • Shyria Quintana, 3rd Grade, Ellinwood Grade School, Ellinwood, Kansas
  • Hannah Hartley, 4th Grade, Tonganoxie Elementary, Tonganoxie, Kansas
  • Madalyn Krueger, 5th Grade, Wolf Creek Elementary, Spring Hill, Kansas
  • Jyston Stone, 5th Grade, Gridley Elementary, Gridley, Kansas
  • Alivia Kaiser, 6th Grade, Lincoln-Central Elementary, Cherryvale, Kansas

2015-2016 Poster Contest Winners

Winners with Governor Brownback Reece Stickney, 1st Grade, Ellinwood Grade School Lauren Schutter shows winning poster to Governor Brownback Evan Ringwald and Madi Phelps with Governor Brownback Lauren Schutter, 6th Grade, Mill Creek Valley JHS, Paxico Evan Ringwald and Madi Phelps show posters to Governor Brownback Reece Stickney with Doug and Governor Brownback Evan Ringwald, 4th Grade, Ellinwood Grade School and Madi Phelps, 6th Grade, Ellinwood Grade School 1216 1116 1016 0916 0816 0716 0516 0416 0216 0616 0116 0316

2015-2016 Fire Safety Poster Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015-1016 Fire Safety Poster Contest!

The Office of the State Fire Marshal conducted its 3rd Annual statewide fire safety poster contest. Our purpose for this contest is get the young children of our state to think about fire safety and to help teach other kids what they have learned. 

The contest is open to all elementary school children in Kansas. 

The winning entries in each category are recognized and invited to meet the Kansas Governor and State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen at the capitol building. The winning posters will also be displayed at the capitol building for a limited time and featured in a statewide calendar promoting fire safety.

2015-2016 THEME: "Importance of working smoke alarms in your home"

The Poster Contest was divided into three categories: Kindergarten through Second Grade, Third and Fourth Grades, and Fifth and Sixth Grades.

Bragging rights goes to Ellinwood Grade School in Ellinwood, Kansas, as two of their students were winners in two different categories. Reece Stickney, a first grader, won in the K-2nd Grade Category, while Evan Ringwald, a fourth grader, won in the 3rd-4th Grade Category.

Earning the top spot in the 5th-6th Grade Category is Lauren Schutter, a sixth grade student at Mill Creek Valley Junior High in Paxico.

Several students’ entries are being recognized as “Honorable Mentions” and their posters will be featured in the annual Fire Safety Calendar along with the winners. Their posters will also be displayed in the Capitol Building rotunda. Students earning Honorable Mention include:

  • Kori Simmons, Kindergarten, Gridley Elementary, LeRoy, Kansas
  • Havana Olander, 2nd Grade, Windom Elementary, Windom, Kansas
  • Brecken Bergkamp, 2nd Grade, Cheney Elementary, Cheney, Kansas
  • Eva Daugharthy, 3rd Grade, Chanute Christian Academy, Chanute, Kansas
  • Carissa Sohm, 4th Grade, Rolla Elementary, Rolla, Kansas
  • Rylan Konen, 5th Grade, Windom Elementary, Windom, Kansas
  • Jenna Donaldson, 5th Grade, Mill Creek Junior High, Paxico, Kansas
  • Isabelle Waters, 6th Grade, Pleasanton Elementary, Pleasanton, Kansas
  • Madi Phelps, 6th Grade, Ellinwood Grade School, Ellinwood, Kansas

Poster Requirements

  • Poster is LABELED ON THE BACK with the student’s (1) name, (2) grade, (3) school, (4) student’s town and county, and (5) teacher’s contact information
  • Poster must include ORIGINAL STUDENT ARTWORK ONLY (no adult assistance). Do not use replicas of copyrighted or registered characters or logos, or software clip art.
  • Poster must be 11” wide by 8½” tall (standard copy paper size). Manila, white drawing or construction paper may be used.
  • All words should be spelled correctly and readable at a distance.
  • All posters must be done by an individual. Joint work is not allowed.