Three Carson City students win state fire prevention poster contest

Sparky the Dog provides gift bags to Fremont Elementary School students on Wednesday in a presentation announcing the winners of the “2021 State of Nevada Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest.” (Photo: Jessica Garcia/Nevada Appeal)

Sparky the Dog provides gift bags to Fremont Elementary School students on Wednesday in a presentation announcing the winners of the “2021 State of Nevada Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest.” (Photo: Jessica Garcia/Nevada Appeal)

The artwork and design of three fifth grade students from Fremont and Seeliger elementary schools in Carson City has won the 2021 State of Nevada Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal Division selected the winners this year based on the National Fire Protection Association theme of "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety."

The winners are:

• Ragan Beach, fifth grade, Fremont Elementary School

• Cage Kordonowy, fifth grade, Fremont Elementary School

• Sophie Rodriguez-Ramirez, fifth grade, Seeliger Elementary School

The winning artwork will be featured on billboards around the state. Fire prevention week will be observed Oct. 3 to 9. State Fire Marshal Mike Dzyak and Sparky the Fire Dog made special visits to schools Wednesday to present the awards.

State Fire Marshal Mike Dzyak, back left, Sparky the Dog and Fremont Elementary School Principal Jennifer Ward-DeJoseph congratulate Fremont fifth grade students Cage Kordonowy, front left, and Ragan Beach on Wednesday. The students’ artwork were among the winning designs for the 2021 State of Nevada Fire Prevention Poster Contest. (Photo: Jessica Garcia/Nevada Appeal

"We'd like to thank the Department of Education, students, educators and parents for their involvement," Dzyak said in a news release. "These types of contests help educate our students, who can then share lifesaving fire safety information with their families. By working together, we can all keep Nevada fire safe."

State Fire Marshal Mike Dzyak and Sparky the Dog pay a visit to Seeliger Elementary School fifth-grade poster contest winner Sophie Rodriguez-Ramirez to present her award. (Photo: Jessica Garcia/Nevada Appeal)

 Winners of the contest are usually selected from four school grade categories: elementary levels first through fourth grades; elementary levels fifth and sixth grades; middle school and high school. This year, with the challenges of COVID-19, the State Fire Marshal was pleased to receive submissions from one grade category, and winners were selected from this group.

Yocelynn Hernandez, fifth grade, Silver Stage Middle School in Silver Springs, also was recognized as a winner.

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