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Poster Contest

Radon Program

Each year, Florida participates in the National Radon Poster Contest.  Florida has had four winners at the national level since 2008.  This year, National winners will receive a plaque and gift card. The posters will be reproduced and distributed nationwide to promote radon awareness and testing of homes, schools and other buildings during National Radon Action Month in January and throughout the year.

By November 1 of each year participants submit an artwork submission form by pasting it to the back of the poster.  Posters can be submitted online or the posters and forms (attached to the back) can be mailed to:

National Radon Program Services
2014 National Radon Poster Contest
133 Ward Hall – KSU
Manhattan, KS 66506-2508
 
Choose from the following Poster Topics:
  1. What is radon?
  2. Where does radon come from?
  3. How does radon get into our homes?
  4. Radon can cause lung cancer
  5. Test your home for radon

Before choosing a topic, click on the Home page and the various links on the left to learn more about radon.

Judging Criteria:

  • Content accuracy on radon
  • Visual communication of topic
  • Reproducibility (larger letters, good contrast)
  • Originality
  • No grammatical and/or typographical errors

Artwork Requirements:

  • Be original
  • Must not have student’s name on the front
  • Should include a title on the front
  • Topic and title must be on the Artwork Submission Form
  • White paper - 12 x 18 and 8.5 x 11 sizes are preferred, but all submission sizes will be accepted (preferred sizes are for easier reproducibility)
  • Can be created with crayon, markers, paint (watercolor, tempera, acrylic), collage, photographs or computer graphics
  • Lettering and message should be large enough to reproduce well, with all pencil markings erased
  • Copyrighted characters (such as Snoopy), product logos and trademarked or brand names cannot be used.


Tips for a Winning Poster:

  • Read the rules/guidelines carefully and follow the directions.
  • Research the topic. Go to the radon home page and other radon websites (EPA).
  • Be sure the information that you put on the poster is correct (your poster is a billboard advertisement on this topic).
  • Be CREATIVE. Come up with a catchy idea/ideas.
  • Start out by drawing or sketching your idea or ideas onto regular paper.
  • Ask adults to critique your ideas and tell you what they think.
  • Be neat and clean. Try not to smudge the pencil or markers.
  • Lettering should be 1 to 2 inches tall so it is easy to read from a distance.
  • You can use stencils to help you do neat lettering.
  • Do not write long sentences, but use short phrases (be sure that all your words are spelled correctly).
  • Do not run your letters and words all together. Leave space between each word.
  • Do not put too much information on the paper (becomes too cluttered).
  • Draw a picture or pictures that help to teach your idea or message.
  • Do not draw really small or put too many drawings on your paper.


Past winners:

The Winners of last year's competition were as follows:

Jorgia Trim - NATIONAL THIRD PLACE WINNER
Poster Title: Test your home for Radon
Falcon Cove Middle School, Weston

Ariel Poole - FIRST PLACE
Poster Title: Kick Radon Gas
Florida Virtual School, Santa Rosa Beach

Victor Reyes, Beware of Radon - SECOND PLACE TIE
Immokalee Middle School, Immokalee

Nathaniel Briseno, Radon: It's Life or Death! - SECOND PLACE TIE
Leila Davis Elementary School, Clearwater

Sybella Norman, Test your homes for Radon - THIRD PLACE TIE
Blake Academy, Lakeland

Kyli Knupp, Radon the true silent killer - THIRD PLACE TIE
Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts, Bonita Springs

We honor and congratulate the 2012 state and national winners.  You may read and listen from the award-winning students, their parents and teachers on the importance of this contest, what they have learned and how they are making positive changes in their communities by visiting www.radonleaders.org.  We also honor past winners for the 2010, 2009 and 2008 state and national winners and participants. 

2011 Florida and National First Place Winner: "Keep Your Family Safe" by Logan Stewart, Hollywood Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Logan's poster was chosen from nearly 4000 posters nationally.